“$3 Worth of God”

“Are you hungry?” That, along with a few other questions, I’m exploring this week on my spiritual walk. On Day 2 of one of my devotional reads, I learned of a poem (featured below) that tries to compact how much of God we sometimes want.

For many of us, we compartmentalize God’s worth—for lack of a better term—so that we feel that we have some control over how much grace He should extend our way. Maybe we do this because it’s sometimes very difficult to consider how much He does for us? Or, maybe we do it so that we won’t feel guilty about how little we hunger for Him. Either way, whatever the struggle, this poem is interesting to me.

Three Dollars Worth of God

I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please.
Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep,
but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk
or a snooze in the sunshine.
I don’t want enough of God to make me love a black man
or pick beets with a migrant.
I want ecstasy, not transformation.
I want warmth of the womb, not a new birth.
I want a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack.
I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please.

— Wilbur Rees

(Poem featured on http://faith-forward.org/)

Prayer (provided by WalkInTheWord.com): Father, I’m not sure why I don’t hunger for You more than I do. Forgive me. Create in me such a craving for You that I don’t want anything more than You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

~ Ashley

P.S. If you can find more about Wilbur Rees, I’d like to read what you find! I believe he’s still alive and living in Washington as a retired pastor.


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