The Parable of the Texas Feast

There once was a very special dinner prepared.  A dinner cooked up Texas style, as only can be done in Texas.  It had some great fixings.  As any Texas dinner cannot be without, it had BBQ brisket and BBQ pork and sausage.  It also had a couple of types of beans, and to go along with that, macaroni salad, macaroni and cheese and green beans, corn and rolls, as well as coleslaw, fruit salad, and garden salad.  To top it all off, the Texas dessert consisted of banana pudding, peach cobbler and, of course, brownies.  An incredible feast.  A Texas sized Feast.  For Texas sized appetites.

The guests were invited and soon they all arrived.  It was dinner time.  It was time to eat.  The guests sat down at the tables prepared for them.   The food was laid out on the buffet tables.  Ready to be served up.  Ready to be enjoyed.

But an interesting thing happened.

Not all of the guests enjoyed the food that had been prepared for them.  In fact, many of them hardly ate anything at all.  Oh, there were many reasons.  Some of the guests ate too much junk food before they came and were too full or sick to enjoy the feast.  Some of the guests were confused as to what was expected of them and sat for most of the dinner, wondering if they were allowed to eat.  Other guests received some conflicting messages and did not know whether or not the food was actually for them.  Sadly, some did not like the food that was being served and chose not to have any.  But thankfully, there were others who were hungry, knew the food was for them and, after a time, helped themselves to the wonderful feast, enjoying all of the food prepared especially for them.

What does this mean?  What is this strange feast?  Who are these guests?  When one considers the dinner, does it not seem that, in a way, it is analogous to how we, as Christians, approach the blessings of God.

God has laid out for us, His children, incredible blessings.  In fact, Ephesians 1:3 tells us that we have every spiritual blessing in the heavens.  Much like a feast laid out on a table.  These blessings are available.  For us.  But are we partaking?

Do we enjoy the blessings God has provided for us?  Or are there those  who hardly experience His blessings at all?  Oh, there are many reasons, are there not, that His blessings, like the feast, are not enjoyed.  We fill up on other stuff, worldly stuff, not good stuff, and find ourselves too sick or too full to enjoy His blessings.  Or we are confused and do not know what is expected of us, do not know what has been given to us.  So we sit out, wondering if we are allowed to enjoy God’s blessings.  Sometimes, we receive conflicting messages from well intended Christians and we do not know whether or not God’s blessings are even intended for us.  And finally, sadly, we may not like God’s blessings, wanting something else, not accepting to have what He has to offer.  Oh, but that we would be like those who are hungry, know they are for us , and take and enjoy.   For indeed, this is why God has invited us to His table, this is why God has given us His blessings.

You, dear child of God, are blessed.  Do not miss out.

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About Jill English Johnston

God writes His story on every heart, if we only pause to read it. My heart has lived in a fantasy world since early childhood and am delighted that God has finally brought me to the place where I can bring the fantasies to life through story. I am currently working on a fantasy trilogy (of course) but I also post thoughts, reflections and (hopefully) inspiration to my website: tabletsofhumanhearts.wordpress.com I am a follower of the Rabbi Jesus, married to my best friend and inspiration, and the mother of three incredible children, one daughter and two sons, with one son-in-love. When not writing, I passionately pursue prayer, reading (never enough time to read them all!), and the outdoors. My husband and I both served in the US Navy and have lived/travelled through many states and all over Asia. We both still enjoy travelling, but we really love our home in Schertz, located at the crossroads of Texas, just northeast of San Antonio.
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