We are currently celebrating my Dad’s 70th Birthday and part of the celebration involved a meal at the Red Hot Buffet in Manchester. I have never seen so much food in one place! There was food to eat from various parts of the world and it was interesting to see how people chose what they would eat. Some experimented and tried different things while others had lots of the same thing. My daughter went back for puddings four times and chose something different each time. As I am back at the hotel now resting and recovering, I’m mainly grateful that I chose to enjoy what I had without overeating meaning that I am free to enjoy the evening without feeling ill.
The whole day has been about new things, I have travelled a long way and been to places I have never been to before, it took me a while to explore the buffet and find where everything was, but once I got the hang of it I enjoyed it. The day did also contain the negative experience of a parking ticket. I had misunderstood the bank holiday free parking regulations and so now have £35 to pay (time to see how to monetise my blog?)
I wonder how we approach life? Are we open to new experiences or do we like to play it safe? There is so much on offer to explore. Jesus talked about how following him and living the way he showed would involve us living life in all its fullness. He offers a full and exciting life, but do we like to play it safe, thinking we have living life sussed? When we are living a good life, how do we react when things go wrong? Surely the full and abundant life that Jesus offers can’t be scuppered by something going wrong? It must still be available even in the pain of life as he leads us through.
My prayer today is that I would find out more of what it means to live this full and exciting life and that I would be willing to be led by Jesus in this way. I enjoyed the buffet, but what Jesus has on offer must be better!