I’ve eaten lots of humble pie in my life. There were those years I pastored a prestigious 600-member church. Growth was instantaneous. An assistant minister was added to staff early in my second year. I was publishing in a variety of Christian magazines. Climbing up the career ladder! Rung by rung. Though afraid of heights, I kept moving higher. Or so I thought.
I hadn’t noticed, since I was mainly focused on myself and my career, that angels were at work. Sawing ever so carefully through the upper rungs of that ladder. Up I went, the rungs broke away, and down I came! Humpty-Dumpty came a tumblin’ down! That was decades ago.
I’ve learned that humble pie is an acquired taste. What I had been feasting on was poison to my relationship with the Lord. I thank Him for a hard fall as He was underneath me, catching me, cradling me in His loving arms, placing me back on my feet to move forward for Him. This took awhile.
Disappointments and failures in your life? The Lord will use everything in our lives when placed humbly at His feet. You’ll be surprised, as I was, at His grace and care.
Those verses in John’s Gospel are about John the Baptist. What grabs me is the success he’s having. Everyone’s coming out to the desert to hear him. Multitudes repent and are baptized. How would I have felt with such a response? I know!
But not that John. You can ask him and he’ll tell you that it’s not about him. It’s all about Jesus. Humble pie made of honey and locusts.
Share what Jesus has done for you. Praise Him. Love Him no matter what. Humble pie! It’s an acquired taste!
Our God, we praise now and forever! Amen.