by: Deanna Lamb
This Lenten season, I asked the Lord to show me something my family could do together, for a spiritual fast. He gave me the Fast Food Fast. For 40 days, we are to eat only what we prepare at home, or occasionally go to a sit-down meal at a restaurant. For my family, this is a tall order. We are on-the-go like most families these days. The pace of life has somehow picked up to the point where an evening meal together is more like a special event than a daily occurrence.
Growing up, the dinner table was a sacred tradition. Being absent from the table meant something very important (and pre-approved) was going on. In fulfilling my role as family meal provider (which formerly meant Drive-thru combo meals), I have tried to plan ahead with crockpot recipes. Unfortunately, they just do not seem to turn out like the Pinterest or Facebook pictures imply. But, my family politely chokes down what I have prepared, from wherever we toted the inconvenient crockpot and paper plates.
This exercise in discipline has allowed me to reflect on the spiritual concept of pursuing the genuine, versus the first thing that tastes good. While my family has put junk food aside for a short time, it has reminded me to live deliberately. In other words, I must pursue what is true and lasting over what is quick and potentially unhealthy for me.
2 Timothy 4:3-5 (MSG) “You’re going to find that there will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food—catchy opinions that tickle their fancy. They’ll turn their backs on truth and chase mirages. “
I encourage you to take some time to examine your relationship with your Heavenly Father. Do you take the time for genuine relationship and intimacy with him? Or, do you want a quick drive-thru experience for food that eventually will not sustain you?
Psalm 34:8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!”