When was the last time you had a meal you really savored as you ate each bite? Tonight was the first time in quite awhile that our table was free of extra stuff. We used placemats, and actually put each serving dish on the table. There were four of us, but I think one of us chose to really savor her food.
Let me explain.
Because of a lack of space and various other reasons, my son needed to use the dining room table for his art and computer. So for months, we either ate at a cluttered table or in the living room. This week we set up an art desk and a table for the computer right next to the shelf where he keeps a lot of his supplies. It’s almost perfect, looks so much better and is practical for him.
AN ORDINARY BUT SPECIAL MEAL
With the table freed up, we took the last leaf out to have a smaller table that still seats about six. But now it is clean and can be used as it was intended. Tonight’s meal might not have been that savory or even that great, but we ate it at the table. There were four of us including my 4 year old granddaughter. And we enjoyed it.
As I stated earlier, one of us was very excited as she savored her food. I served beef roast with broth, carrot/raisin/apple salad, and a green salad. It reminded me of my mom, because she almost always served carrot salad with roast. It wasn’t the best or the worst meal I’ve served, but to my granddaughter it was special because we all sat together at the table.
SAVOR SPECIAL MOMENTS
As our meal began, we held hands and prayed, thanking God for our food. She declined the green salad but savored the other salad and the meat. As she tasted her food she kept exclaiming, “This is sooo good!” Of course that did my heart good, but the best part was seeing her so happy.
About halfway through the meal she said she wanted to pray again. So we held hands and said, “Thank you, Jesus, for the food. Amen.” Then she wanted to pray it by herself, still holding our hands. It was such a precious moment.
I wonder how many times we miss special moments during ordinary events on ordinary days. Our meal tonight wasn’t anything special, but to a little girl it brought a lot of joy. I don’t think it was just the food. No, it was more than that. It was family enjoying time together, slowing down to enjoy the happiness of a sweet child.
May I remember to savor each moment with family. None of us know how long we have to live on this earth. Instead of rushing or wasting time arguing, why not learn to savor the time together. This is another granddaughter, the older sister, and I got to spend time with her this past Saturday.
SAVOR MOMENTS IN NATURE
We can even savor moments in nature, sometimes unexpectedly. One afternoon I was walking around our property and discovered the moon. It looked almost full and I paused to snap a photo.
How about you? What are you finding to savor these days? I’d love to hear from you!
And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Colossians 3:15 NLT
I’m linking up with Five Minute Friday where the prompt word is savor.