Ecclesiastics, the third chapter, tells us there is a time and a season for every purpose, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to live and a time to die; a time to get and a time to lose; a time to rend and a time to sew.
In July, in Alaska, we can say "A time to fish." Yes, the time is upon us once again. People from all over the world have traveled to Alaska for other purpose, than to "catch the big one!"
We Alaskans have looked forward to this time since last summer -- even during breakup, wading mud, looking forward to wading the river to catch that fish.
My daughter came up from Wisconsin this year. She loved Alaska, but her greatest thrill was taking home all that fish. For her, like many others, it will be food for many months to come. She will feast on it and maybe share it with friends and neighbors.
There are many ways to catch this wonderful food and many ways to prepare it, as well. If we listen, we will hear lots of recipes. All in all, there is much excitement on this Kenai Peninsula at this time of year.
As I watch and listen, I am reminded of another type of food. The most nurturing food anyone could ever enjoy, and that is God's Word. Jeremiah says in the 15th chapter, 16th verse, "Your words were found and I did eat them; your word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart."
What a joy and rejoicing one can experience when he pulls that "big one" into the boat, Yet, how much more joy when we get hold of a truth of God's Word, begin to feel a little nibble, then a jerk on our line and know we are going to have a feast.
Job says in the 23rd chapter, "I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
In Psalms 119:103 it reads, "How sweet are your words to my taste."
Yes! sweeter than honey to my mouth. We take a big bite of our fresh catch of the day and just know that no food on Earth could be better.
As did the children of Israel, we gather our spiritual food for the day, begin to feast on it and know what a wonderful taste we have in our mouth.
In Ezekiel, the second chapter, he tells of the roll that was given him to eat, given by God. When I think of a roll, I see a big glazed doughnut that I cannot wait to sink my teeth into. But Ezekiel had another type of roll. This roll was a book. He goes on to tell us he opened his mouth and began to eat that roll. Then the Lord told him to cause his belly to eat, fill his bowels with that roll. Today we would say "pig out."
Ezekiel then tells us, as he ate the roll, it became as honey for sweetness.
In 1 Peter, 2:2 it reads, "As a newborn babe, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow, if you have tasted that the Lord is good."
Have you tasted this goodness? Do you enjoy the sweetness of his word?
We see mothers cooking for their children. She prepares their food, sets it before them. That child has a choice, to enjoy that meal or sit and look at it proclaiming they aren't hungry. God has prepared some wonderful food for us to feast on. We have a choice to read and feast or refuse to eat.
We sell all this fish that has been vacuum packed. Packed to preserve it and keep it fresh, preserving the flavor. I like to think of God's Word as being vacuumed packed. Preserved by the Holy Spirit -- always fresh.
Have you tasted of this wonderful food lately? Do you find it has never lost its freshness? It will renew you day by day.
Pat Knowles attends the Birchridge Community church where Cameron Dockery is pastor. Services are held at the Soldotna Senior Center on Sunday mornings at 9:45 and Sunday evening at 6.
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