As I am nearing the end of the sugar fast I have been on, I am beginning to assess what I have gained from it. It is easy for me to think that I have not changed much because I don’t feel greatly different from the starting point. But to say that would be denying God’s amazing ability to work in ways that I often miss. When I stop the quick disappointment that arises when I still feel that urge to eat cookies at my children’s bedtime, I can honestly see His work.
My body is not independent of my emotions, my thoughts or my spirit. God created this and was fully aware of that fact when He created food; even sugar. I am coming to see that there is a purpose in this and that I am not dishonoring God when I relax with a cup of tea and a cookie. I am learning that what He does desire is our thankfulness to Him for the food and the feelings that come with it.
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” -1 Corinthians 10:31
Food is a beautiful gift from God that I feel sad to think we all miss. Our enemy has stolen this gift through so many means; food that is not really food, diet fads, our society’s need for physical perfection, food villainizing (certain food being “bad”) and so much busyness that we cannot properly enjoy food as it is meant to be enjoyed. Food is so much more than fuel. Food is connection. It is meant to connect us to the land from which it comes, to the people with whom we share it, to the atmosphere in which it is shared, the memories it produces, and mostly with Him who blesses us with it all.
I am on a journey far greater than that of fasting from sugar. I am on a quest to truly discover this gift that He has given. This amazing thing called food, is like Him, you know. It gives us life and without it we die.