As I sit down to eat my lunch, I pause and ask the Lord to bless me and the food I am about to receive as a gift. I like to think of how each particle, each molecule of useful material is used by my body as it performs its active functions and grows new hair, blood, skin. Each nutrient helps to renovate me, with the Lord’s blessing.
In a similar way, I see each moment of my life as fodder for my soul. I am constantly consuming experiences that can be used by me to maintain my active connection to the Lord and help my soul and the souls of those around me flourish and grow.
What allows me to digest my food well is a settled, healthy system. Stress can actually interfere with the process of digestion, which obviously has profound physical effects. I sometimes practice conscious relaxation and breathing in order to reduce the effects of stress on my body, and can feel the physical effects almost immediately. In a similar way, stress in my life can affect my ability to use the moments of my life in a process of growth and regeneration. When I combat this by actively practicing gratitude, I am much more able to see the blessings in my life and enter into them joyfully and fruitfully.
I do not consciously break down the food I eat, and I do not choose how to direct the distribution or consumption of nutrients in various cellular functions. In a similar way, if I want the experiences of my life to change me as the Lord would like me to grow, I let Him guide the process. I choose the food I eat; I choose the course of my life to a great extent, but I would be silly to imagine that I am the one in charge of it all. There are processes and things going on that I can barely comprehend. If I let Him work in me, I will find that my soul will grow healthy and strong.
Lord, thank you for my lunch and the opportunity to share this fodder.Published in