If you ever go through Gentry, Arkansas at lunch time, you’ll notice a big log cabin type restaurant called “The Wooden Spoon” on the east side of the main highway with a full parking lot and a crowd hanging out the door waiting. People start arriving around 10:30 AM for the 11:00 AM opening time. They are only open at lunch time, and their menu is limited to homemade old-fashioned comfort food including wonderful desserts – pies, cobblers, cakes, and cookies. Several Mennonite ladies run and work the restaurant, and their food is terrific!
Since it’s one of my wife’s favorite restaurants, we made plans to go there for lunch with some friends last week on a quick trip to Fayetteville to see our son, Josh. As we ate and visited with our friends, I couldn’t help but notice the crowd in the foyer and on the front porch waiting to eat. When we finished eating and talking, as we left we were feeling a little guilty for making people wait so long to get a table.
Do you think God wonders why people aren’t as eager to be fed spiritually at church as they are to eat at a great restaurant? Shouldn’t we be so excited to meet Him that we arrive early in anticipation of worship? Why aren’t we “feasting on the riches of His grace” instead of surviving on spiritual junk food? I believe it comes down to priorities and surrender. Either Jesus is Lord of all, or He is not Lord at all. Is Jesus the sweetest name you know? Does He fill your every longing? For me, the answer is yes, and He keeps me singing as I go! Also, in case you were wondering, I had the blackberry cobbler with homemade ice cream!