Every day, I learn more about the connection between food and faith. Food and faith are so intimately connected, and it’s crazy that I am just now seeing it. Here are three things that I have discovered about this connection in the past few days.
We are not self-sustaining gods
In being a Christian, I know that I would have and be nothing if God had not given everything to me from above. Thus, without God I am nothing, but with God I am everything. Although I know this teaching very well, it doesn’t always translate to reality. I get so caught up in the business of the day to day and all the things that I am doing that I sometimes feel like it’s not God who’s doing things through me, but myself who is doing them. I take pride in myself because of everything that I accomplished throughout the day. However, every time I eat, I am reminded that this is not so. Eating reminds me that I cannot sustain myself. Literally, if we stopped eating, we would die. We are not meant to sustain ourselves and food is evidence of that. With this notion, whenever we eat we can let food be a witness to the fact that we are not self-sustaining gods.
We are all connected
Quick question: I know that a lot of times (especially at Thanksgiving) we pray for the cook who made the meal. However, why do we not do this every time we eat? Also, why don’t we pray for the people who arranged the food in the grocery store? Or the truck driver who drove the food there? What about the farmer who grew the food or the man who invented the tractor that helps harvest food? The list of people who impact our food consumption is endless. Food connects everyone all of us. Next time we pray over our meal, let’s pray for all the people who enabled us to eat the food on our plate.
We are all unique
One day, I was sitting across a table with my friend at a pizza place. We both got a margarita pizza, and while I enjoyed mine, she did not. I thought mine was perfectly seasoned, but she felt hers was wayyyyyy to salty. She didn’t finish eating it because she thought it was way too salty. This experience is just an example of how the same food can taste entirely different for different people because all of our taste buds are different. Just how no two people have the same fingerprints, no two people have the same taste buds. We are all one-of-a-kind and food should remind us of that! 🙂
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