Time to eat, or time to go?

It’s time! Got to go! We are a society of go, go, go. We don’t sit and wait for much. As a business traveler now, I am exposed to different cultures, and it always amazes me how other cultures stop to eat. I don’t mean they “stop what they’re doing,” but that they actually take time to eat.

Whether it’s with family, friends, or co-workers, eating is not something that has to be done because you are hungry, but it’s something that is enjoyed and used as a time of true fellowship and bonding.

For example, in France, the evening meal generally lasts 2-3 hours. Even the lunch meal in France can last up to 2 hours, through several courses of food, and then cheese, and drinks. In Mexico, the meals also seem to take time. I use the words “take time,” because that’s how we, as Americans, see it. It lasts soooo long. But to their culture(s), meals are a time to be experienced, not gulped down.

So what does this have to do with God, right?

Well, I got to thinking this week. What if we stopped to enjoy God? I mean, when we get to church, many people are watching the clock. In anticipation of when Sunday School is over, or when the last point of the sermon is heard, so we can get to lunch and “enjoy our family.” But did you ever stop to think that your family is in church, well, really, your family IS church.

We are brothers and sisters in Christ, and when gathered together in church, we are in our Father’s house. We should enjoy and cherish the time we have together. We shouldn’t always get so focused on the time aspect, but delight in the time we have gathered in one place to rest, recoup, and re-energize in the Lord.

So whether you are throwing down a meal, or hurrying through church, STOP, appreciate the time you have there, and experience the pleasures that God has provided.

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13

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