As part of a recent birthday celebration, we had breakfast at a local Premier Inn (I wonder if I should ask them to sponsor this blog post?) The Premier Inn breakfast is especially good value for a family of 6, because the children east free and the unlimited breakfast on offer means that lunch isn’t necessary later.
Premier Inn breakfasts are identical up and down the country apart from the way that the hot food is served. At some, it’s laid out on a hot counter for you to help yourself and at others you have to order it and it is all freshly cooked.
As we were driving to the restaurant, my daughter (whose birthday it was) said,
Is it soul service at this Premier Inn?
It took us a while to work it out (it was very early on a Saturday morning) but we eventually realized that she meant, ‘is it self-service?’
My daughters love the self-service and they take great delight in going back again and again. Sometimes we go to another local Premier Inn that you order at and they don’t mind that but it is not the same for them. They are more than happy to invest time in filling their plates so that they can enjoy the delicious food on offer. They enjoy the ability to choose and to go back for more. When they have finished eating, they are full and their stomachs are satisfied.
The phrase soul service has left me pondering life and what is important.
If the soul is the real me, the eternal and most important part of any of us then how do we service and nourish it?
I have had several days of overload and busyness and sometimes life is just like that. In amongst the busyness and the pain of life, how can we make space to come to God to allow him to revive and refresh our soul?
It’s not always possible to take long periods of time when life is frantic, but it is possible to spend time looking to and refocusing on God. It’s a bit like eating, we can’t always sit and slowly enjoy a delicious meal but we can make sure that we eat enough food to stay nourished.
Will we turn to and focus in God?
Will we let our soul find rest in God alone? (Psalm 62.1)