I know! I know! The last thing this world needs is another recipe blog. I couldn’t agree more. Better cooks, better photographers and better writers could fill your inbox or social media feeds with more recipes, more beautiful pictures, and more wit than I will ever provide. But. I want to start a different set of conversations about food. I don’t want to just list recipes or even convince people to eat and live healthier, although both of those topics are important to me.
I want to explore food as one of the greatest love languages of this life, both as a gift from God to us and as a gift we use to love others. I want to wonder with you why God would give us so many options for nourishing our bodies. Why is it that we don’t just eat manna every day? Why don’t we just swallow a pill? God could have fueled our bodies in any number of much less enjoyable ways. Why so many incredible food options? Could it be that maybe He really wants us to enjoy it? Even to delight in it? Hmmm…
And what about this? How many activities can you think of that require the engagement of all 5 senses to fully appreciate the experience? I can think of very few. But food! From selection to preparation to eating, consider how much all of our senses are involved (or at least should be). I mean, let’s just talk about bacon for a second. Don’t you want to hear it sizzle? Feel it crunch? See it turn all brown and crispy? And do we even need to discuss the smell and taste? Magic. You’re with me, right? And listen: God made bacon! For us! And I fully believe he loves it when we enjoy it (in moderation, of course. Don’t start writing hate mail just yet.) Can we really see this as one of his most creative gifts to us?
Then there’s the whole topic of feasting in Heaven. With Jesus! Why would we do that? Surely we won’t need food to stay healthy in Heaven, right? Could it be that the entire point of eating in Heaven will be pleasure? Joy? Fun? (Can food be fun?) I sure hope so!
So what if we can get a glimpse of that here on earth? What if feeding our bodies can help us feed our souls too? What if this entire activity is way more spiritual than we typically think? I’d like to start these and many other conversations. If you think I’m crazy, you’re probably right, so maybe don’t read any further. But if you’re curious, come along for the adventure! I’m pretty sure it will be fun and delicious, and maybe we’ll even learn a few things along the way.