Too often we forget to rely on the Lord to ease our troubles and turn toward various vices for comfort. For me comfort takes the form of food. I tend to gravitate towards pasta, baked goods and oh lets just go there…. all things starchy! While this yummy comfort bandage feels oh so good in the moment, I always feel awful when it’s over.
Why is that?
Besides the fact that I feel overly stuffed and uncomfortable, I know in my heart it is because I sought comfort from something other than my Heavenly Father. When I was a little girl my mother used to make up rhymes and songs to help me memorize things. The spelling of my name, what street I lived on and Bible verses that would stay with me to this day.
Tonight after turning to a bag of oh so delicious crunchy Cheetos which ended in my above described remorse, one of those Bible verses came to my mind.
New International Version (NIV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Even though I was raised to seek comfort in the Lord I still have a hard time remembering to do so. My stubborn nature wants to believe that “I’ve got it” that I can “do it” all by myself. Silly, silly me. I need to learn to turn to the Lord instead of turning to the pantry. The comfort found through his spirit is the only thing that can ease ones struggles and stresses. I find relief in the knowledge that my God is always there for me. Even when I am snuggled up with a bag of popcorn instead of my Bible.
What about you? Do you find that you turn to earthly things for comfort instead of the Lord? Leave me a comment.