Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Enjoy Food

A crisp, juicy apple.

The crunch of a banana pepper.

The sweet taste of the first red raspberry of the season.

The aroma of pesto sauce and parmesan cheese.

The warmth of a cup of soup on a cold, wintry day.

The delight of watching my family enjoy the meal I fashioned.

Besides providing food to sustain us, God provided it for our pleasure. The Bible provides numerous examples of celebrations with a feast.

“He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your heart with joy.” (Acts 14:17)

God gave us the ability to determine hunger. And He satisfies that hunger with good things. (See Psalm 103)

How do these truths fit with our previous discussions on food?

Can you expand on this idea of food for enjoyment?

Do you have fond memories that surround a food experience?


Michelle Merritt said...

Thanksgiving Day meal with ALL the family!

Laura said...

I think the fact that food is enjoyable is one of the reasons some of us become addicted to it ... when we go through patches where we feel unhappy/unsatisfied, the enjoyment of food is what we tend to reach for to make us feel "good." But, like the old saying goes, it is possible to have "too much of a good thing" (or, at least, to place too much emphasis on it and give it too much power over us). I find it kind of ironic that, when I turn to food for comfort, it means I'm NOT turning to the true source of that comfort - God. As far as a fond memory I have surrounding food, I'd have to say meals in the cafeteria at my residence hall in college ... although it definitely was NOT the best food I've ever had (!), that was where I formed many of my first friendships in college, and started defining who I wanted to be as an adult.