"Yet he has not left himself without testimony...he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy." Acts 14: 17 (NIV)
Yesterday, I went with my daughter, granddaughter and in and out-of-town relatives to Navy Pier in Chicago. When we first arrived we were hungry, so we went to a place outside the pier called Bubba Gump's Shrimp Company. The theme, of course, was based on the movie Forrest Gump, and the menu, of course, was shrimp - cooked in every way imaginable with a few chicken dishes sprinkled here and there.
I could have ordered a salad, and in fact, planned to do so since I'm abstaining from meat and sugar six days a week through Lent. But I looked around the table at the family I love, looked around at our surroundings, and decided to treat the day as another feast day. So I enjoyed hush puppies with bits of shrimp and fish in the batter, and for an entree, shrimp stuffed with crab meat, all of which was shared with my daughter. Very delish! And at the end of the meal I had a few bites of Key Lime Pie, my most very favorite pie in the world.
And I did not feel guilty. Rather, I felt God's amazing love and blessings in being a part of this wonderful celebration of family.
Later, we walked through the pier to the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows which displays 150 of the finest examples of stained glass in the world, including many magnificent religious works. It is not sufficient to say that the art was breathtaking - it seemed each portrayal was more colorful and vivid than the last, especially when we came to the Tiffany collection. To use an old cliche, we feasted our eyes on pure beauty.
Entrance to the museum is free, and if you haven't already been there, I would highly recommend a visit, sooner rather than later. It took about a half hour to walk through and briefly study each example.
I just love the fact that God made each of us unique and special, and included so many creative people in the mix.
Thank you, God for the blessings of family and fine art. And thank you for feast days. Amen.
May the Lord bless each of you today and every day, and may you enjoy life abundantly.
And happy first day of Spring!!! I'm headed out to my garden to do some clean up work.