I'm continuing to think over the idea of giving the planning and implementation of personal Bible reading the same priority and attention that we give to making sure we eat our meals each day.
Which reminded me of a sermon I heard on Psalm 81 a long time ago. Part of the psalm says,
I am the LORD your God,
who brought you out of Egypt.
Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.
Fill their mouths with what? Manna? No, reading around those verses, it's about filling them with God's words and God's ways.
Want to see how wide a baby bird, starving and thoroughly dependent upon its parents, opens its mouth to have it filled? Take a look at this absolutely gorgeous video - it's three and a half minutes and when I do the maths, I may or may not have spent more than an hour of my life watching it since it was first shared with me a while ago - and be filled with wonder.
That is desperate hunger - and exactly the image the psalmist is trying to convey.
Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. Psalm 119:18