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Monday, July 11, 2011

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

It’s tummy rumble time.

That means breakfast was long ago and lunch is still far away. So now I’m sitting here not thinking about food for thought for this post, but just food. And I’m imagining a sandwich. Mmm…

Since my tummy keeps rumbling, I might as well go with that image and share with you the spiritual truths I’ve learned from a sandwich.

In terms of the Trinity:

Mayo gets spread over the bread before anything else is added. Just like “In the beginning God...” Before God covered the earth with land and plants and fish and birds and animals and people, God was. And mayo’s white purity reminds me of God’s holiness.

Catsup reminds me of the blood of Christ. Not just the color. It provides that little bit of sweetness to a meal otherwise destined to be the main dish. It’s like having dessert right there in the middle of your lunch. It is sweet and satisfying. Like Jesus.

Mustard takes me back to scripture and reminds me that even if I have faith as small as a mustard seed, God can make it grow. And He can use me, too, even though He is big and I am little.

Now that we have the foundational condiments for our sandwich, it’s time to build it up.

Building the sandwich

Meat represents God’s Word. Now that I’m no longer a baby Christian drinking in my faith like milk, I can add meat. Meat gives me something to chew on; something substantial; something that feeds my brain and develops my spiritual muscle. It sustains me. Meat is an important part of my sandwich. Or if I’m feeling vegetarian, maybe I’ll have a nice egg-salad sandwich.

Cheese represents meditation and prayer. Just as milk must be allowed to sit and ferment until it becomes cheese, so must I meditate on scripture and pray unceasingly so I can melt my personal plans with what God has planned for me.

At the sandwich shop, lettuce and tomatoes, onions and pickles are lumped together and called “produce.” These veggies represent the fruit of my faith; the fruit that is “produced” in and through me by the Holy Spirit.

“Hey, you forgot the bread!” you say.

Nope. The bread represents Christ’s body broken for us, which along with the catsup—representing the blood of Christ—means we’ve even got Holy Communion covered.

Taken together, my sandwich of faith represents Jesus’ Holy Church. It is delightful, fills me up, nourishes me and allows me to live for Him. Everything—all together—in fellowship.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us our daily bread—the things, events, people, words, love and nourishment we need to live for you. Following Jesus’ example of teaching through parables, remind us throughout your day to look at ways we can learn spiritual truths you want us to learn. Amen.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Is there something unusual you put on your sandwich? In what way could it provide you with a spiritual truth that will remind you of God’s character, purpose or plan?


8 comments:

Linda Yezak said...

How clever! I love this!

From Carol's Quill said...

@ Linda - glad you liked it. Jesus' parables are better, but ya gotta try, right?

lynnmosher said...

Love it, love it, love it! Great analogies, Carol!

From Carol's Quill said...

@ Lynn - Thanks, Lynn. But I'm still hungry...

chris vonada said...

Carol, this is excellent. I love it whenever I read a post just about the most simple part of life and it relates to God.

I'm a big fan of hummus... so when I try to relate it to your thought I think of how it's blended ingredients... and that makes me think of unity.

From Carol's Quill said...

@ Chris - Hummus as unity. Interesting thought!

Terrie said...

Carol I love this analogy-how amazing are your thoughts. Thank you- I'll never look at a sandwich the same again! Blessings

From Carol's Quill said...

@ Terrie - that's good; every sandwich can be a time when you remember Jesus!