Cravings:. The Plant and the Elephant

Hey lady,

Do you remember the musical comedy released in 1986 called, Little Shop of Horrors? Yes, the show you probably saw just one time and swore to never ever watch again? Well, here is your first binge-watcher (“Good to meet you!”). I probably watched this movie 30 times (literally) during a very idle 4 month period in my life.

“Feed me Seymour!”

Just in case you refused to watch it after hearing about it from your friends, I will give you the cliff notes taken from From IMDb, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091419/:

Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik’s, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbors a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard and is berated by Mr. Mushnik daily. One day as Seymour is seeking a new mysterious plant, he finds a very mysterious unidentified plant which he calls Audrey II. The plant seems to have a craving for blood and soon begins to sing for his supper. Soon enough, Seymour feeds Audrey’s sadistic dentist boyfriend to the plant and later, Mushnik for witnessing the death of Audrey’s ex. Will Audrey II take over the world or will Seymour and Audrey defeat it? Written by HannahMontaniwitz

I liked a lot of the funny one-liners and musical taglines in this movie; but my favorite part was where Audrey (the plant) would say to Seymour, “Feed me, Seymour, feed me all night long. Cause if you feed me, Seymour, I can grow up big and strong!” As this musical played out, this plant, who was initially supposed to be a help to Seymour, slowly became the biggest problem in his life. Audrey, who started off as a manageable plant, had surely become the elephant in the room.

What is your elephant?

If you did not see this movie, I will relate my point from here on out to the elephant in the room.  Can I ask you, what is your elephant? What is the huge object that you continue to walk around; or throw the dropcloth over and pretend it’s not there? Have you even given it a name?  Or maybe not one big elephant but a herd of little ones?  I am challenged with this same question myself.

Yes, Christians Crave Too!

James 4:13-15 says:

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

You adulterous people,[a] don’t you know that friendship with Above all else, guard your heart,
   for everything you do flows from it.the world means enmity against God?

It is not unbelievers, but believers who are referenced thoughout the book of James. Verse 4 specifically uses the word “adulteress” and not idolaters.  We so easily forget that we are the bride of Christ and that nothing should come between this eternal bond.  And when we hold on to our elephant, we not only grieve the Holy Spirit, but we commit adultery!   Oh, how we need the Lord’s grace every minute of everyday!  We need to be SO thankful that we are kept by the power of the Holy Spirit.  What would we do without the Lord?   

Be on Guard Daily

Proverbs 4:23 says, Above all else, guard your heart,
    for everything you do flows from it.

Matthew 16:24 says, Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

One thing I doubt many of us are consumed with is:  “How can I deny myself today?  The New Living translation says ‘give up your own way’.  I have also seen translations that say “forget yourself,  renounce yourself, and disown yourself”.  Wow!  If we spent more time thinking of ways to decrease so that Jesus can increase in our lives, there would be no room for large elephants.

The desires of your heart

Maybe your desire is not in competition with God, but you are deeply troubled and maybe even distracted because God has not set a visible timer as to when those desires might be met.  What heart posture do you take when you have to wait, and wait and………………..wait?  

Be encouraged, sister!  Continue to bring those desires to Jesus.  He will not break your heart!  He will sustain you until he gives it to you …..in his way and time.  And whole you wait, do this:

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”   Psalm 37:4

As C.S. Lewis observed, “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”

Elephants be gone!

 

Please pray with me:

“O God, I have tasted your goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need for further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want you; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me your glory, I pray, so that I may know you indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, ‘Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.’ Then give me grace to rise and follow you up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long.” 
― A.W. Tozer

Amen.

 

 

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