Picture a child, head thrown back, mouth open as wide as it can go, with a smile curling up the corners. Then picture this wide open mouth as it is filled with water. So much water, that it cannot contain it. So it overflows, spills out and runs down a giggling chin.
I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it. ~Psalm 81: 10 (NIV)
This verse always brings a smile to my face. A sweet picture of a gift given by the God who has proven Himself faithful, powerful and generous.
Do you ever long to fill your children like this? With food, experiences, or simply your love?
But I also long for them to be filled with even more important things. Eternal things.
It gives me great joy to consider how in the same way, my Father in heaven longs to fill me. To fill you. To fill our children.
And what does He want to fill us with?
For He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. ~Psalm 107:9 (NIV)
His spirit and it’s fruit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
These are the things I long for more of – things worthy of our longing. Such blessings our Father longs to bestow upon us and promises to us – if only we would come humbly before Him, obey and receive.
It is my expectant prayer that as I pursue God in His word and in prayer, that He will fill me with His good things and work through me for His glory. I also pray our children will see the Holy Spirit’s fruit overflowing from ME, and long for the same in their own hearts.
To willingly and expectantly open their mouths.
I cannot make them open their mouths, just as God does not make me open mine.
But I pray they will.
Today my mouth is open and ready to receive ALL that God has for me.