Today’s guest post is by my friend, Mary Flaherty from SonRise Insights. I’m so glad she’s here. Please make her feel welcome.
Mary has a quick wit. She loves nothing more than laughing and encouraging those around her to join her in a good giggle. I love finding the humor in the daily. Life is funny, full of quirky twists and turns that are best handled with smiles.
A big thank-you to Mary for sharing her love for the Lord and His Word with us. For adding an encouraging smile to our day.
How is the Bible Like Kale? Do You Know?
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
Remember when kale was for decorative purposes only?
When I was younger, kale was only found in deli cases as that curly green border between cold cuts and salads, or in a restaurant, on your plate as a garnish. No one actually ATE kale. I’m pretty sure it was grown simply for garnishing and decorating.
Then it became a “superfood.” (Was the word, “superfood,” even a word before kale become one?) Suddenly, everyone wanted kale. People raved on their Facebook posts about how they made homemade kale chips. I tried to understand, but I felt like a six-year-old kid missing the punchline of an adult-themed joke. Yummy and kale just didn’t seem to go together for me. Chips and kale most certainly didn’t.
Until I decided to start eating healthy.
I buy kale now.
That’s right. I said I buy kale. I didn’t say I eat it.
I try to hide it among the romaine lettuce in my salad, but I still know it’s there. I add it to soups that already have plenty of other ingredients in it. I put it in my nutritional shake so that I don’t have to physically eat it. It may be good for you, but I still don’t like it. It’s bitter.
The thing is, I know it’s really good for me, so I eat it. And I’m actually beginning to like it.
My bible is a lot like kale.
The first bible I read was the one on the family bookshelf when I was a kid. It was big and bulky, but it had some pretty cool illustrations. I tried to read it like a book–you know–front to back. Consequently, I knew a lot about Adam and Eve, and not much else.
It was a decoration, like the kale in the deli case.
It looked nice on the shelf, but what other purpose could it possibly have? After all, we went to church. What did we really need the bible for?
Then I grew up, had children, and became more interested in this whole God thing. The minister of the church I started attending gave me a bible. I thought that was a kind thing to do, but it still didn’t interest me too much.
I hid it among the other books, like the kale in the salad.
I’d occasionally read other sections besides Genesis, like the gospels. I knew it was good for me, but I still didn’t care too much for it. I tried to like it, but I found it boring. And sometimes it left a bitter aftertaste in my mouth.
When I needed a spiritual “boost,”
I’d throw it in my shake with all the other
religious things that sought to offer me peace.
Then I started to “eat” healthy. I met Jesus in a personal way, and suddenly, I began to long for the “kale” of Christianity. I had a lot of problems, and the more I read, the more I learned, and the more I learned the healthier I became. I began to apply the principles I learned to my life, and my life started to change.
I was ingesting God’s superfood.
My bible was no longer a decoration, but a declaration: a declaration of God’s love for me.
When I discovered how good the Word of God was for me, I actually started enjoying it.
…the one who feeds on me will live because of me…he who feeds on this bread will live forever.” (John 7:56-58)
I love God’s Word. I think back and wonder how I ever thought it was boring and bitter tasting.
I wonder if I will ever feel that way about kale.
I doubt it.
Blessing along the path,
Bio:Mary Dolan Flaherty is a quirky gal who loves to make people laugh. She loves the outdoors and anything chocolate chip mint. She and her husband, whom she affectionately calls Hubbles, just finished hiking the New Jersey section of the Appalachian Trail. Mary writes along the humerus as the funny bone in the body of Christ at SonRise Insights. She can also be found on Facebook, and Twitter: @SonRiseInsights.