Do you remember your favorite food from when you were a child? What was your Mother’s best recipe? You know, the one that you could recognize just from the aromas that drifted through the house, stirring your appetite in anticipation of dinner time.
I bet your Mother, or your Dad, or your Grandma knew what your favorite meal was, and as he or she worked to prepare the recipe, you entered their thoughts and maybe even brought a grin to their expression as they imagined the look of bliss and delight radiating across your face as you enjoy it. And you Moms that are reading this, you know the pride and love I’m talking about when you prepare your son’s favorite food, no matter how old he gets. You present it and watch him enjoy it as if you are looking at your angel-faced, little boy again. Such joy… such infatuation.
I’m sure I’ve said it before, but my Mother was a fabulous cook! The finances may have been limited, but we ate very well! Ask me what my favorites were from childhood, and two things instantly come to mind.
First, her biscuits and gravy. Outstanding! She had it perfected, so much so that at one time she was dubbed among our family as ‘the biscuit queen’. Of course, the scrumptious biscuits provided the perfect base on which to ladle that delicious gravy, which she literally slaved over at the stove, endlessly stirring and stirring until it was just right.
Several years ago, our family gathered for breakfast at Mom’s house, and she made her famous biscuits and gravy. Mmmm! As I savored the flavor, my taste buds strolled down memory lane, and as we feasted, the truth came out.
Yes, my sweet Mama’s true motivation in preparing this family favorite was all because… my brother was attending! Didn’t I tell you? That mother/son bond is a strong one! Well, some would take offense at that, wouldn’t they?! But being that we all were reaping the benefit of my mother’s devotion to her boy, I think we could let it slide.
(I have to stop and laugh here LOL. Of course, we gave Mom a little bit of a bad time, it was priceless! She laughed too and couldn’t deny it. But I assure you, it was all in fun and love lol. There was no offense, just lots of love, laughter, and life. Precious moments that last a lifetime.)
My second favorite-food memory is of the luscious, home-made chocolate pudding… thick, creamy, and served hot right off the stove. We would eat it with plain white bread.
The best part of my chocolate pudding memory is that we would occasionally have it for breakfast. What a way to start the day! I suspect that perhaps on those particular days, when the cupboards were looking a little empty, staples like sugar, cocoa, and milk became a delicious solution, but all we knew was that we felt special.
There is one more feast that comes to my mind… that is the wedding supper that is being prepared in the kingdom of heaven. Will it be a meal of actual, real food? I don’t really know. Perhaps it will be food as it was originally designed, as it was in the Garden of Eden before man was corrupted by sin, and with new, uninhibited taste buds we will savor every flavor in all its intended perfection. Perhaps
But the heavenly food that entices me the most is the spiritual food that will be served, the table piled high with heavenly bounty, fit for a King! I’ll take an extra-large helping of everlasting peace, with a generous side of abundant joy please!
Sitting along side of us are the ones we loved here on earth, the ones who accepted their invitation and went ahead of us, waiting for our arrival. What a precious reunion that will be!
But the best part of the celebration dinner?
Him! The One who is seated there with us… the One whom we adore… our Lord Savior, Jesus Christ, seated in His rightful place beside God the Father. We finally get to look at His face! With genuine delight and love beaming from His eyes, He serves to us, all the promises of the kingdom of heaven… how sweet and delicious each one is! He is overjoyed that we are finally here!
The invitations were sent long ago. I’ve accepted mine… have you?
Here is some help with that.
“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Rev 3:19-22 (NIV)