Meal Time Rules

The only time this rule can be broken is when my husband comes home late

Luke 8:40-56

Reference: Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. (‭Luke‬ ‭8‬:‭40‬ NIV)

Explore: In our house we have the rule you’re not to leave the table until you have finished your meal. If you do, it means you’re done and you won’t get any more food.

It’s a way we can create some kind of order with young boys at our table.

The only time this rule can be broken is when my husband comes home late.

If we have already started dinner and Cam arrives home, the boys hear the front door open and close from their places at the table. They both shout out, “Cam’s home!”

They jump down from their seats, run to the front door and jump into Cam’s arms. It’s the best welcome anyone could ask for.

Application: Jesus may not have had young boys to jump into His arms, but He often had a crowd of people waiting for His arrival.

He didn’t have a mobile phone to text people when He was only 5 minutes away. These people could have been waiting for days.

But I love how they are anticipating Jesus’ arrival.

It made me realise how impatient I am with God. I expect everything instantly and move onto the next thing when I don’t see any result.

I need to be more like the crowd waiting for Jesus and more like my boys every time my husband comes home. Let’s start anticipating God turning up in our lives.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for making yourself known to us. Forgive us when we have no patience to wait for what You have in store for us. Amen.

Are you anticipating God showing up in your life?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.