That was the message my friend received in her inbox. It was her hubby who had come to her office door; once, twice informing her it was dinnertime. And my friend, like me, kept on going to finish that "one last item" before she pushed away from her computer.
Until hubby, exasperated, sent the email exclaiming he was indeed starved.
Could he have just fixed himself something to eat? Sure he could’ve. But what he wanted was her company and the opportunity to share those moments with her.
Like my friend, I’ve been there. Done that.
I heard that same call, loud, clear, repeated, and pleading. But I’ve dismissed it because I was too busy trying to finish whatever distracted me, whatever seemed more pressing, or fun or profitable.
I was just like those stubborn Israelites: "But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices" (Psalm 81:11).
That was me, submitting to the world’s call, not to God’s. Ugly place to be! Good thing He’s patient and compassionate beyond our imagination.
When I finally pushed away from the keyboard of life jammed with activities, I sat still to hear that it was my soul that cried out, "I’m starved!"
So, now…"I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. I was overcome by trouble and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the LORD: ‘O LORD , save me!’ The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The LORD protects the simple hearted; when I was in great need, he saved me. Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you" (Psalm 116:1-5).
No matter what the world demands, the greatest reward is a soul at rest, a heart in peace and a life serene.
Praying you stop the activities that drowned out your soul’s cry, check the in-box of your heart - the message might just be there, "I’m starved!"