"When Your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart's delight...." Jeremiah 15:16 (NIV)
The thought actually occurred to me. I should go ahead and order my dessert...first. Maybe have a little taste before the meal...a little during...and surely at the end, so that I could keep that luscious memory for as long as possible.
We were at Famous Louise's Rock House restaurant in Linville Falls, NC. We go there every time we head up to the mountains. Their homemade vegetable soup and entrees are truly "comfort food," home-style cooking...yummy pot roast, barbecue (two sauce choices...tomato based, aahh so sweet...and vinegar based), meatloaf..lots of variety on their menu, with some Calabash style seafood (and "riverfood"...via freshwater trout), Italian dishes, burgers, and so on. We enjoy the main course. But we go for the pie!!! Baked fresh daily pie!!! Homemade crust pie!!! Peach, Apple, Blueberry, Blackberry, Strawberry & Rhubarb, and a Mixed Berry Pie!!! Peach is my favorite, Blueberry is my hubby's favorite, and Apple is the number one choice for the girls. John and the girls like ice cream with theirs. Not me. I don't want anything to mess with the pure perfection of that pie.
Yeah...well...so we finished up our meal, and our server said, "Would anyone care for dessert?" And we were like, "OH Yes!!" She said, "What would you like? I just need to let you know that we are out of the peach." I said, "Excuse me!!! What did you say?? She said, "We don't have any peach pie. I just ate the last piece." I said, "I think I'm going to cry." Yes, I really said that...out loud. Everyone else went ahead and ordered their faves. Half-heartedly I settled for blackberry pie. While I ate it, I tried to focus on the positives. It remotely reminded me of my Grandmother's blackberry...remotely...and that really made me kind of sad, longing for days gone by, when she was able to cook and enjoy the company of family...and my Grandy was still with us...and how the Fourth of July was one of his favorite holidays. I couldn't even finish the last bite...well until my daughter reprimanded me for even thinking of leaving a smidgen of crust in that bowl.
Yeah, so this is random...and not life-changing. I probably won't ever actually order dessert first...well...only at Famous Louise's if it looks like there's a possibility of the peach pie running out.
But it did prompt a spiritual connection to surface. I do believe that we should begin our day with dessert for the soul. Before the day begins, we need a taste of His presence...some time in His Word...some time spent in prayer. Go ahead! Eat dessert first!!
"How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"
Lord, draw us to You each morning...first...before the hustle and bustle of our day begins. Help us to yearn for the sweetness of Your presence and the bliss of Your Words to us. We love you!