I had a dream where I was talking to Julia A’Bell, the lead pastor of Hillsong Church, Australia. In my dream we talked about our children. I can’t remember what she said, but when I woke I remember the sentiment of our conversation – savour. She was telling me to savour time with my children. Her children are at least a decade older than mine and as someone further along the journey she reminded me to savour my babies.
Most of my dreams are nonsense; bizarre imaginations inspired by dinner the night before. But this dream was a message from God to savour my family.
I am a list person. I make lists and I tick things off. I need that kind of order and sense of accomplishment. But I am afraid that for me, life has become another to do list. I work towards the next thing, tick it off and move on to the next item on the agenda.
This lifestyle is not conducive to savouring.
Do you watch reality television cooking shows, or rather celebrity chef judges on reality television cooking shows? They have savouring down to a fine art. Each mouthful is inspected and contemplated. Food is swished from one side of the mouth to the other and chewed as if it were gold. But they savour. They know what it means to enjoy every ounce of flavour, and sometimes that’s all there is.
Genesis 1:31 Then God surveyed everything He had made, savoring its beauty and appreciating its goodness. Evening gave way to morning. That was day six.
God has savouring down to a fine art. At the end of a very busy six days of creating the world (you think your life is chaotic, try creating the universe in six days), our Creator took time to savour. He didn’t rush to the next thing, He inspected and contemplated the world He created declaring, “Wow! This is good.”
It is godly to savour the beauty of life. Savour the journey. Even if there isn’t much flavour and the meal is less than five star, savour what you have. Don’t let the frenzied nature of life seduce you into slopping it down in one mouthful.
Stop. Breathe. Savour.
Life is better when it is savoured.