Friday, October 25, 2013

The Parable of My Wife Weeping Over the Forest & Earth (With Explanation)

Stace and I took a little vacation last month that many swanky folk have labeled a "babymoon." It's like a last hurrah of freedom, but also a way to celebrate the massive change that's going to come with a baby.

Perhaps the highlight of our babymoon was the meal we had at the Inn at Langley. It's one of those get dressed up, four hour ordeals that only has one seating for the night and 3,000,000 courses kind of meals. Stacy and I are quasi-foodies. That just means we like to eat good food and brag about what we've had (well I tend to brag), but I really have no idea what I'm talking about or how to create anything close to what we eat.

One of the courses of this meal was called "Forest & Earth." It was the most cryptic item on the entire menu, so we were intrigued. The chef came to our table and began talking about that course. As he did, he cut down two bulbs that were hanging right at our table. We had seen them all around the restaurant walking in and thought they terrariums. He set them down in front of us and explained that the "Forest & Earth" were right inside the bulb. I was jaw-drop stunned. Stacy had a different reaction. I looked at over her and she was weeping. Literally, like one of those dirty, messy cries that that seems to come out of every opening on the face and head kind of cries. Tears were streaming down her face because she was so blown away by the presentation. Yeah, being 32 weeks pregnant may have had something to do with it, but just maybe.
Forest & Earth Presented.
Isn't that bad boy amazing?

The presentation was amazing. But we didn't stop there. We so wanted to eat all the yummie goodness inside the magical glass ball of earthiness. Now it wasn't dirt and grass, but because I am only a quasi-foodie, I can't tell you what it was. All I can say is that I ate it. And it was out of this world. In fact, the entire meal for the entire time was mind-blowing - each course with a unique story and presentation, all following an order, a pattern to blast our pallets in just the right way, the proper wine pairings to bring out an entirely other realm of flavors as if opening our mouths to whole new worlds.

The presentation of the food was intentional, persuasive, and deeply compelling. For what reason? To eat!!! For us to taste and see how good it really is.

This to me is just a glimpse of who God is for us. The psalmist writes, "Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!" (Ps. 34:8). The apostle Peter writes of this taste as one of craving or longing: "Like newborn infants, long for pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation--if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good." The Word of God is a tremendous story, presenting God and the good news of Jesus Christ in an intentional, persuasive, and deeply compelling way. For what reason? To taste and see that the Lord is good!

Too often our Christian lives are malnourished, dull, and boring because we stop at the presentation. God speaks and we listen, but we don't eat. And because we hear the presentation over and over again, we soon drown God out. The words become meaningless. The story is too distant. The food sits in front of us and just rots. And we wonder why we are disconnected from God.
My beautiful wife wiping away the last tear

But when we eat--oh, when we eat! That's when we enjoy. That's when we're swept away into what it really means to live. That's when it's all complete. That's when the presentation draws out tears of sheer bliss and the food makes us laugh in awe from the depth of our bellies. That's when we want it over and over again; it's new and fresh every time because we know what the food will taste like. The Lord is gooooooood. We want more and more and just can't get enough. And that's where we start telling all our friends and family about it, not because it's our duty, but because it's our delight. We want them to hear about it and give them through our words and story just a small taste of the taste we had. The hope is that they will rock out on that goodness too, but if they don't, then oh well, because you know they're missing out and you had such joy in telling the story.

Tasting and seeing that the Lord is good is like my pregnant, weeping wife over the Forest and Earth.

Have you every had one of these meals? What was it like? Do you know what I'm talking about? Do you know the difference between just seeing God's presentation and tasting the Lord? How would you describe it?

By His Grace.

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