Imagine if you came across a real Soul Food Cafe that recognised where you had come from, where you are now and where you are going to. Imagine if it also came complete with a ‘Promises Found’ box where you could go and reclaim all your hopes and dreams that seem to have been forgotten or trampled into the dust.
I would want the Soul Food Cafe to meet my deepest longings and heart cries. To give me Soul Food that could offer me balm and solace when I am sad and a time of joyous celebration when I am happy and cater for everything in-between. Unlike comfort eating it would be calorie free and give me life and health! In Psalm 56 it says, “You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy.” Have you ever experienced that? At times I have and if anything I now hunger for more.
Importantly it would also need to offer a recognition of the suffering I have been through. Sometimes I have felt like I have “been through hell and high water” just to get where I am today and that’s before I ever get close to my final destination or the pinnacle of my hoped for ambitions. If I went to a refuge for my soul, I would hope to find all the tears I had cried saved in a bottle, both the tears of joy and the tears of sadness:
One of the Bible verses I’ve clung to in life is where God says “To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oak that the Lord has planted for his own glory,” (Isaiah 61:3). God has no intention of leaving us ‘stuck’, He rescues us from all our trials and difficulties.
I would dress up in my beautiful God-given clothes and have a ball (pun intended). From the ‘Promises Found’ box I would reclaim my dream of being a famous writer and speaker, a coach, a trainer, a fantastic mum and wife. I would reclaim my beauty, self-esteem, confidence, faith and power. I would wholeheartedly seek after God and His kingdom because He promises that He will give me everything else that I need (Matt 6:33). God is a good Father that loves to bless His children (Matt 7:11), so I would take time to bask in His presence, to be loved and cuddled, swung round, bounced and danced with. I would take my place as a child of the King and the princess of His heart.
How about you? Imagine if you came across a ‘Soul Food Cafe’ or a ‘Promises Found’ box, what would you find inside?
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