Have you ever been to a restaurant that is just perfect?
I mean, you get to wear what you’re comfortable wearing and you know you fit in, the music is just right and the kind you like, and the food is out of this world. You get to come as you are, drained after school or dirty after work, and sit at your favorite booth in the corner and relax while someone takes care of you. It’s like you can breathe and just be you.
And maybe you have food allergies (like me), and this place is ready and waiting for you. They know how to make gluten-free rolls and dairy-free cake, and they know how to avoid cross contamination so you don’t have to worry. They know how to take care of you. Imagine that, you can eat good food and not worry about getting sick. Amazing.
Too good to be true? It’s not. I’ve been there. Lots of times. The food is like nothing you’ve ever tried if you haven’t been there before. And the staff? Well let’s just say they love on you the moment you walk in and keep on doing it even after you leave; they’ll tell your friends or coworkers to tell you they miss you when you’re not there. Oh, and this restaurant is open 24/7 so you don’t have to worry about a strict schedule when your own schedule makes you crazy.
The “restaurant,” my friend, is God.
You can go to Him anytime, exactly as you are with all your weaknesses. No worries.
He nourishes and encourages you in ways you can’t even imagine. (If you’ve buried something deep in your heart, some pain or need, God sees it and meets it just so you’ll know He is with you.)
The “staff” are those who love God and love His children. (Note: They’re praying for you when you close your eyes and walk on by, claiming this “place” doesn’t exist.)
So let me tell you my friend, I found this great place…
Actually, the Owner wanted me to tell you. He’s hoping you’ll take your hands off of your ears, you’ll open your eyes, and you’ll come on in. He’s been expecting you.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” (Psalm 34:8 NIV.)