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Open Door Church
Pastor, Chal Knox
Iglesia Nueva Vida
Thoughts from Adam...
I finished a book called A Long Way Gone a few weeks ago. The book was written by Ismael Beah, a boy soldier during the war in Sierra Lionne. This war took place in the ninety's between the reigning government and a rebel force called RUF. Both sides would recruit boys from seven to sixteen to fight in their armies. Good book. You should check it out.
In one particular part of this book, Ishmael and a group of his friends are running from village to village trying to escape the war. They have no food, no home, and their families are dead. I remember Ishmael describing one of the times the hunger hit him the worst. The hunger caused intense pain after many days without food. They came into a village and noticed many coconut trees, but not a single coconut lay on the ground.
Climbing a coconut tree is not something you just do. The book explained that it takes lots of practice and the difficulty lies in the absence of branches on the trunk. Ishmael had never climbed a coconut tree, but before he knew what had happened, he found himself halfway of the tree. He made it quickly to the top and knocked all the coconuts of that particular tree. After satisfying his hunger, he tried to climb again. He made it less than halfway and slid down in frustration. He laughed uncontrollably. It was the pain of hunger that had driven him up that tree. This book is an amazing account... look it up some time.
The reason I wrote about this instance of hunger is that most of us (maybe all) have probably never experienced real hunger. I am not talking about a day without food... using soda and shakes to get me through. Have you ever experienced hunger so great that the pain intensely eats at your insides? I don't think I have ever felt a hunger that would drive me to do things I could never do to get food. However, in the time of Jesus, whenever he mentions hunger out in those villages, he was talking to people that really knew hunger. So, this whole reflection on hunger has caused me to reconsider the verse in Matthew 5, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they will be filled."
Do I hunger and thirst after Jesus? So much so that it pains me and drives me to do "crazy" things to get to him? Do I want the righteousness of Jesus Christ that bad? If we hunger and thirst for him, we will be filled.