Hot n’ Now

My kids used to call it “Thunder Burger!″ because of their logo  It was a perfect, quick stop to drive through and get food for 5 little hungry birds.  Their prices could not be beat, which justified “eating out”.  The cheese burgers were only about 39 cents!  Done.

Being a busy family with six little ones required dinner on the go fairly often.  Sometimes it was sandwiches in hand on the way out the door and sometimes it was drive through.

I don’t know what it is about after church on Sundays, even to this day, after church on Sundays is the hungriest time of the week!  One Sunday, we were going from church to my nephew’s piano recital.  Fried chicken just sounded so right!  So, we pulled through the nearest KFC, ordered lunch, then stepped on it!  We had to hurry to get to the recital!

The “Helper of the Day” in the front passenger seat, began to pass out the food.  There was potato salad, biscuits, cole slaw, fries (for those who didn’t like potato salad), shared drinks …….. but wait, no chicken.  What?!  No Chicken?!  How does a chicken place – forget the chicken?!

I was pretty upset.  I called the number of the place at the bottom of the receipt to question how we ended up with no chicken.  They offered to give me the chicken if I wanted to come back.  We were already long gone and almost to the recital.  There was no turning back.  We ate our lunch of KFC sides just before we piled out of the van to watch my nephew play the piano.  The sides were just less satisfying than the main meat of the meal.

This got me to thinking this week.  We have all heard the saying: The main thing, is to keep the main thing – the main thing.   KFC’s main thing is their chicken.  I mean, it is right there in their name!  I have been convicted these past few weeks to listen.  To just dial it back, slow down, quiet down and listen.  To go back to first scriptures and passages that I had memorized, to meditate over those once again.

I have been reading about the life of Moses and how he was tending a flock of sheep in the wilderness on Mt. Horeb when out of the corner of his eye (total speculation here – because it could have been fully front on that this site hit him) he sees an odd site, so he stops and turns aside to see this bush burning with fire – yet not consumed.   I began thinking, it is time for me to stop and turn aside, to look and to listen.

In Mark 9, three of Jesus’ disciples were with Jesus at the time of the transfiguration.  Peter, ever the “Gung Ho!” guy, gets excited and starts making plans with/for Jesus.  He says, in essence, This is great! We’ll start building houses for ya’ll! ~ When a voice from heaven interrupts saying “This is my son, whom I love.  Listen to him!”    Like – stop. and listen, already!

I identify with Peter, those of you who know me would not be surprised by this statement.  I am all ideas and action!  Not a bad thing …. when directed properly.  As, I read this passage, again I was reminded to stop. listen. Keep the main thing, the main thing.

Sides are great but without the main meat of the meal, they are just empty fillers.  I realize I need to take the time to spiritually “beef up” or “chicken up” as the case may be.





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