I’m happy to have Jolene Underwood with us today. We’ve typed out vulnerable words in five-minute increments night after night as part of the Five Minute Friday community, and I know you’ll love this Bible and Breakfast today.
Fun Breakfast Idea
If you’re looking to mix-up your breakfast rotation, here’s an idea from our guest to fill you up.
Thanks to Costco, I enjoy an Aussie Bite almost every morning. It’s a round bite of buttery, fruity, buttery goodness which helps fuel your day, kind of like an energy bar, but round and smushed like a condensed muffin. (Asheritah’s note: I’ve never had an Aussie Bite so I had to ask Jolene to describe it for me. I looked it up and found this recipe online. Looks like I know what I’ll be baking this weekend.)
Snack on the Go
In a rush? The short devotional from our guest is a “spiritual snack” to keep you going until you find time to sit down and feast on Scripture.
I chuckled and cried reading Mark 7:31-37 today, because the ways of Jesus don’t always make sense but they are powerful for healing. I wonder what the deaf and mute man thought as he heard Jesus spit and felt Him touch his tongue? But then, does the method even matter when the result is so wonderful? What situation in your life can you entrust to the Lord to handle as He sees best?
FEAST at the Table
If you have more time to linger at the breakfast table, open your Bible with me and let’s dig into God’s Word using the FEAST method.
Focus on God: Begin by asking God to focus your heart and mind on Him. Ask the Holy Spirit to sanctify your imagination and open the eyes of your heart to receive His Word.
Engage the text: Read Mark 7:31-37 out loud, marking any words that stick out to you. Read it again, more slowly this time, pausing after each verse to picture the scene in your mind. Imagine you’re watching this story as a movie, and identify the sounds, the smells, the sensations of each action as it takes place. What stands out to you? Read the passage again, focusing on Jesus’ actions. How does He react to the crowds? What does He do first? How does He interact with the man brought to Him? What do His actions say about His character? Then read it one more time, seeing the crowd move as one fluid mass from beginning to end, with a group of people pushing up front to bring their friend to Jesus. What were they hoping for? What did they witness? What was their reaction to the miracle? Read the passage once more (yeah, I know this is a lot of re-reading, but it’s a short passage), and put yourself in the deaf man’s place. What thoughts would be going through his mind? What fears and hopes? What emotions as healing takes place? What words would he have spoken first? What would he have done that day, for the rest of the day? Then read the passage, one last time, allowing God’s Spirit to bring the words to life as you linger on anything He helps you notice in the text.
Assess the main idea: What theme or image jumped out to you as you read and re-read this passage? What characteristic of Jesus stood out as you’ve interacted with this text?
Spark transformation: Mull over this scene, savoring it for a few minutes, talking to God about it. Although we often create SMART applications for our reading of Scripture, today allow the beauty of Jesus as revealed in this passage to work on your heart. We become like the ones we spend time with, so simply rest in Jesus’ presence and meditate on His character. Move into a time of quiet, rest, and yielding to God, asking Him to transform you into the image of His Son.
Turn to God in worship: End your time by worshipping Jesus of Nazareth, God-become-man, revealed in the pages of Scripture and as alive today as He was 2,000 years ago. Bask in His presence as you wrap up your time together and allow His quiet and rest to follow you throughout your day.
Today’s FEAST was a little different, wasn’t it? Did it make you feel a little uncomfortable? Or was it a welcomed break from our typical devotional prompts? In my own life, I’ve found that I often get in a rut in my Bible study, engaging Scripture with the left side of my brain as I approach it academically, as a text to be studied. But introducing ancient spiritual disciplines and practices like lectio divina (what we did today), helps me love God with ALL my mind, left and right brain alike. If you want to learn more about lectio divina, its historical roots in the church, and how we can use it to engage our creative side in Bible reading, I recommend listening to this interview with Jan Johnson, author of Meeting God in Scripture: A Hands-on Guide to Lectio Divina. And if you enjoyed today’s Bible and Breakfast and want to see more creative devotional prompts in the coming days, let me know in the comments below.