I’m already thinking about the stuffing

Oh, the depth of the riches
both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God!
How unsearchable His judgments
and untraceable His ways! Rom. 11:33

Some call it stuffing; some call it dressing. I never know what to call it, so I try to give both terms equal time. “Please pass the dressing.” “Hey, would someone please pass the stuffing?” No matter what you call it, it serves the same purpose. It’s a filler. You could eat nothing else every day of the year and feel full and content, and all the while you’d be headed straight for scurvy.

I like to think of myself as a thankful person. Years ago, I did the thing on Facebook where I wrote something I’m thankful for every day during the month of November. I don’t have to look very far to know that I have much. If I’m not careful, though, the obvious stuff of earth can act just like stuffing on the table of my life. I can feel so full and content with the obvious, the things that I reach for first, that I don’t look any further around the table.

We come to the Day with our list of things for which we are thankful, and that is good. But it is important to also understand that, in relationship with God, there is a cornucopia – an inexhaustible store – of reasons to be thankful, most of which we have yet to discover.cornucopia

To begin to explore that inexhaustible store, or as Paul called it, “the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God,” we must dig deeper into the cornucopia. We must put down the phone and our obsession with social media. We must turn off the TV. John Piper asked this question: “Why should mere man choreograph your emotions?” And for myself I would add, “Why should stuff determine the extent of your thanks?” Piper went on to write, “O, for more deep individuals and fewer herd people! Go deep with God. Be alone. Come forth like humble steel….Get ready. And in getting ready you will be the deep aroma of God in a tragically superficial world….He (God) is here. And we are going into the mines together. I have heard stories about the gold deep, deep within. Come.”

I have never been more thankful than I am right now. And, if I make knowing the riches of God’s character my aim, then I will be able to say the same thing tomorrow, and mean it. There are new things to find in Him every day. His ways are deep and unfathomable; how completely satisfying it is to search them out!

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