In the past six months, my refugee friends have taught me more about feasting than I learned in all my decades prior.
I have sat in the middle of an unfurnished, one-bedroom apartment and enjoyed a meal and company better than a Michelin-star-restaurant could offer. We may eat off of mismatched plates gathered from gracious friends, but every dish is garnished with a heaping dose of gratitude and love.
My Afghani friends have completely uprooted my American views of abundance. They have helped to better align me with what the Scriptures teach.
“Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it. Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it Proverbs 15:16-17).“
Jesus feasted continually wherever he was because he always enjoyed the Father’s smile and obeyed him fully. Yet, he drank down the dregs of God’s wrath and ate the corrupted meal of the curse we deserved (Isaiah 51:22; Jeremiah 25:15).
As such, we are invited to feast no matter where we find ourselves. We can feast with him even in the PICU or in the midst of cancer treatments. We can picnic with him. even in the midst of deeply painful experiences. For even a feast of herbs garnished by his grace is better than a five-course meal enjoyed in his absence.
A Simple Feast
Better a dinner of herbs where love is
Than a feast garnished with strife.
Better than a lavish life of luxury
Ranks a simple, righteous life.
The fare furnished by simple faith
May not be flashy but it feeds.
The promises and presence of God
Meet the believer’s daily needs.
This wisdom sounds so simple,
However, none of this is free.
Sincere love and righteousness
He purchased for us on the tree.
He ate the bitter herbs we earned
So that we can feast on His love.
No matter the present circumstance,
We’ve unseen abundance from above.
Feast, my friends, for even crumbs,
With His presence, satisfy and sate.
The ever-loving Lord is your portion;
He abundantly fills an empty plate.
Having Him, we have all;
Without Him, all is nothing.