Savor the Moment with M&M Cookies

How sweet are your words to my taste. Sweeter than honey to my mouth. Psalm 119:103 (NIV)

I was making M&M cookies this morning while the boys were out of the house. As the smell lingered in the house and tickled my nose, I decided that I could allow myself one cookie. Oh, but wait, I needed something hot to drink with this cookie, so I put a cup of water in the microwave to warm. As I mixed my Chai tea, the cookies were still calling to me. I had at first thought I would only have one, but then I lost control of my will power and decided that one would be lonely. So I grabbed two.

I sat down at the table as not to get crumbs all over the house and settled in to enjoy my cookies and chai. I gazed out the window and started to think on other things. Non-important things, but still my mind was wondering as I was eating my freshly baked cookies.

Just as I got done with half of my second cookie, it dawned on me that I had not even tasted these delectable treats. I was so busy thinking, I was eating out of habit. I immediately stopped thinking on whatever, and started savoring what was left of my two cookies. I put every taste bud on high alert and every bite was like heaven! I regret that I only had one half of a cookie left to savor. I wasted a whole and half cookie on my thoughts!

Then I thought...How is my quiet time with God any different than eating two cookies? Did I put my heart on high alert this morning when I read, expecting to savor Jesus in the moment? Did I enjoy what I learned or thought? Or did I just go through the motions, only half hearing, half seeing, or half believing?

Dear Lord, forgive us when we eat from your word without savoring the excitement and joy that it brings. Lord, we love your word, and more important, we love You. Bring us closer to You, intimately, that we might share in the joy of You. Amen.