"I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread." Job 23:12 (NIV)
We held it right in our hands.
And then we poured it down the sink.
I don't know if it was post-delivery haze, a state of absolute giddiness, or lack of sound sleep...on the part of both mommy and grandmommy, but we did it. We emptied "tubies" of pumped milk down the drain.
It was all so innocent. We thought that all that pumping was to increase my daughter's milk supply. Going back to work was months away. The lactation specialist advised staying away from bottles until our bright-eyed baby girl was used to nursing. So what were we going to do with all that milk?
Uh, yes, now we know that we should have been freezing it.
And my precious daughter, turned mommy, is spending every free minute (including her lunch time) hooked up to that machine. Just to produce enough milk for the next day.
Yes, we often find ourselves whacking our foreheads and asking ourselves, "What were we thinking???"
During one of my stints of head whacking and anguishing over the wasted treasure, I glanced over at my pink Women's Devotional Bible.
I had to ask myself, "How often have I wasted that 'nourishment'? How many times have I let precious time in His Word run right down the drain, as I chose to sleep in...or check Facebook...or just move right on with the duties of the day?"
Then I wondered, "What am I doing to feed others who are 'hungry'? Am I sharing the treasure of God's Word and the fulfillment of His love with them?"
Am I filled with His Word and nourished richly, to the point that His love is the overflow of my life? That's what I pray for.
Lord, please forgive me for the treasure I've wasted, the time and the opportunities that I've poured right down the drain. Keep me from making those mistakes again. Draw me to Yourself and to Your Word. Help me to hunger and thirst for You. And when my soul is filled, may it overflow with sweet nourishment for those in my path.