Open wide!

Lately, when Ian gets excited about some food, he makes sure everyone knows about it.  You can see the mouth – you just can’t hear the squeals that accompany it.

Our friend Y. has been over the last two nights – we both couldn’t stop laughing.  The other kids think it’s pretty hilarious, too, although when it is dessert time and he tenaciously follows them around wanting more it’s not quite as funny.

This cute face is pretty irresistible.  Without wanting to over-spiritualize a cute face, I have continued the past two days to recall the same Bible verse every time he does this:  “Open wide your mouth, and I will fill it”.  I couldn’t remember which Psalm it was from;  so today I looked up the reference, and read the first part of it:  “I am Jehovah, your God, who brought you out of Egypt;  open your mouth wide, and I will fill it” (Psalm 81:10).

While doing some housework, I wondered if God wants me to be more like Ian…my little boy knows how good that chocolate ice cream bar had tasted a minute ago and wants to do whatever he can to get more.  God in this verse tells me to remember the amazing things he’s already done for me – and keep asking – requesting- His amazing blessings.

One of my favorites, Charles Spurgeon, says:  “Let us take in grace at every door.  Let us drink it in as a sponge sucks up the water in which it lies.  God is ready to fill us if we are only ready to be filled.  Let our needs make us open our mouths;  let our faintness cause us to open our mouths and pant;  yeah, let our alarm make us open our mouths with a child’s cry….”

Today I’ve been asking God — my God who has time after time brought me out of Egypt — for more of His Spirit to fill me.  for our children to be Kingdom-seekers who God uses in ways we couldn’t dream of.  for healing and restoration in relationships that are hurting.  for fruit in Sanda – in Kansai – in Japan –  that astounds us all. for God to use our team here to unite and ignite pastors and churches across our region.  for more love, more power, more boldness, more of Jesus.  more Jesus.

“Open wide your mouth, and I will fill it.”  What are you waiting for?


2 thoughts on “Open wide!

  1. I love the pics! They will keep your message in my mind for a long time! This is one I’ve been considering for us. I do a lot of thanking, but, not expecting the open mouth to get filled in the future! Or feeling like it’s OK to ask for it to be! Hmmm.

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