I can not count the number of times I have told my kids, "hold on, mommy needs a chocolate/pepsi break!" When I am feeling tired, stressed, sad, angry, or anxious, I feel I need that chocolate or sip of pepsi to get me through. Even when I am happy, I feel I need that chocolate break as a reward for being happy. I am so that girl on the Dove chocolate commercial that closes her eyes and relishes in the chocolate as the world fades away. Yep, that's me.
This year I have been doing the Made to Crave study with my Bible study sisters. Through this I have been able to "re-train" myself to take Jesus breaks, not chocolate breaks. It has been quite a process, let me tell you! But God honors it when we turn to Him and it is far more rewarding than a piece of chocolate could ever be.
"How lovely is Your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! My soul yearns and even faints for the courts of the Lord. My heart and flesh cry out for the Living God." Psalm 84:1-2
That is how I felt for a glass of pepsi or a bite of chocolate. But that is not what God made me to yearn and faint for. He made me to yearn and faint for Him.
Yesterday my daughter had a check up at the doctor and we found out another surgery may be in our near future. Normally that would result in me running home with a king size candy bar and super size pepsi. But yesterday, I just felt like running to God. Normally I would feel empty and stressed moments after the taste of chocolate and pepsi were gone. Yesterday, I felt a sweet peace.
Friends, when we turn to Christ, we are satisfied. When we turn to the things of the world, we are left empty and alone. When you feel you need that chocolate or coffee or cigarette break, don't. Take a Jesus break. Worship, pray, turn it over to the Father.