Welcome to the Food&Bake Section!
I am very excited about this.
As some of you may know, (I feel like I'm confessing something big here...lol) I love to bake, and I love to food!! All flavors, from all countries, whatever! I'll try it all once (well, except snails and other random stuff)!!... *Phew* Glad that confession's done! ;-)
But really, in past years, I was not so food-conscious and just ate whatever had flavaaaa! Yum yum yum! However, it all changed in the year 2011.
Surely this desire and passion was God-given? :) Well, now that I have (a bit more) nutritional knowledge, that passion for food has turned into trying out new recipes and enjoying to bake! Maybe one day I can share with you how this transformative journey took place, but obviously, as you may know, it's still a learning factor and I still have my days, but I try to substitute a lot of foods for healthier options, whilst making sure I don't deprive myself in all that I eat.
WHAT IS FOOD FOR?
Food enables us to experience the different flavors of God, and just how good He is. And hey, it does say: "taste and see that the Lord is good!" Amen to that! haha! I know He wasn't talking about food per se, but I really do see life allegorically in showing us the wonderful news of our Savior, Jesus Christ so food goes way in there!
Food also brings cultures together.
I don't know about you, but food is an opportunity to share with others, and to also have conversation.
I met a lady about 2 years ago, who said that the coffee table after church was just as important as the person in the front speaking or behind the scenes. She called it a ministry. Intrigued by her words, she went on to explain how it was such a blessing for her to serve in that way because she loved hearing the conversations that were a result of the tea (no, it wasn't the gossip factor, lol). I can say that I was entirely refreshed from her words.
People get coffee or tea, and it enables them to wait where they are, or to go off and sit down. In doing so, they are given the opportunity to interact with other people or they can just wait in themselves. Either they, they usually spend some time with their coffee or tea, thus creating an opportunity that could potentially change the outcome or atmosphere of the day.
We usually sip on hot drinks as opposed to just gulping it down and moving along (unless you have a thing for burnt tongues and throats). In most cases, one waits.
In the waiting, it creates an opportunity for community, ministry, comfort, and when given the chance, the likelihood to get real with each other.
After hearing that lady 2 years ago, I now couldn't agree more, and from that day forward, I viewed life differently.
One might think that food is just food, and we just eat it, but really, there's much more to that.
It's not the food in itself that brings this, but its using something we all have in common as an opportunity to share. In knowing what we have in common, we are thus able to start sharing with one another, in more ways than one.
Food is an open door for ministry. A ministry of love.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you view food as an opportunity to share, to minister, or do you view it differently?
Was there a moment you realized that food could be so much more than just for eating? Let me know below! I'd love to hear from you :)