Food and rebellion go well together – toddlers who throw the peas or chew then spew their sweet potato bites; teenagers turn up their noses at a prepared meal that includes green stuff, and sometimes even husbands scoot their salad around their dish like so much snow in a wintry driveway.

What is your relationship with food?

Author Tim Chester reminds us that sin distorts all our relationships, “…including our relationships with food.” We are dependent upon God and should be living “…in submission to his good reign. He wants us to “gratefully receive food in all its wonderful variety as a gift {from Him}.”

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Here is where many of us stumble, particularly, me. My relationship with food is a weird and frustrating mix of (wanting) control and attempting to create a fabulous (physical) image. I want to be looked upon and admired for the healthy glow of my skin, lustrous hair, and toned muscles; instead I waver between skipping carbs, and trying to be a vegetarian.

Scary.

There are days when I just can’t make up my mind what to eat. Some so-called experts claim that ingesting as little variety as possible will cause you to desire food less and less over time; if you eat the same things day after day, your mind and tummy lose interest and in turn you grow so bored with the menu, many times you choose to skip a meal or scarf it down without thought or gratitude, hoping to move on with your day.

No joy can be found in eating without thought or thanksgiving. I’ve read countless Facebook status updates and tweets from friends who share that they’ve been “eating their feelings” again. The temporary comfort we experience with this manner of using “food for refuge instead of looking to God’s goodness” is a wearying cycle of misery and despair. I’ve been there. I’ve sought comfort at the bottom of a bag of peanut M&Ms as well as in the dressing room mirror at JCrew Outlet. Ouch. Our reliance upon food can so easily numb our sensitivities toward God and others.

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Yet – redemption is embodied in a meal – the Last Supper, the Lord’s Supper; God’s grace is expressed as an abundance of food, salvation is a feast. How can this be? The Last Supper was a celebration of the cross of Christ – it looked back to Passover, and forward to the Messianic banquet.

Friends, the way to God is open & we are invited to celebrate the feast. “When we share bread and wine, presenting our grain and drink offerings to God (not as an atonement for sin, but as a thanksgiving for Christ’s once-for-all atonement), then the promised feast finds fulfillment. When we come together and express community around a table and celebrate the goodness of creation (enjoying food and good company), we are eating together in the presence of God – in this, the promised feast finds fulfillment.

I Corinthians 10:17 states “Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.” Author Tim Chester shares that “The Lord’s Supper declares the death of Jesus not just in the symbolism of bread and wine, but in the community created by the cross…meals create and reinforce a community. Christ told us to take bread and wine because they form a meal that binds us together as a community.” Sharing a meal is an act of participation, “we do something – we ingest (food).”

In spite of the fact that our culture continually expresses and celebrates individuality, we have the opportunity to practice belonging to one another, with shared meals, received in joy as gifts from God.

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Layla serves her local community through her work at Indiana Wesleyan Church in her home town and the greater community online through her work as the GraceTable as the "Social Media Sous Chef". She has a heart for building community and sharing the love of Jesus.
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    Kris Camealy
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    Layla, I really appreciate your honesty about the ways you wrestle with food. I can admit here, that I too have food “issues” and have spent far too much of my life trying to keep food in it’s proper place. This chapter challenges me to consider God’s intention behind food, His delight in feeding us, and our opportunity to in turn, feed others. Thank you for this.

    June 24th, 2015 12:53
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      layla bb solms

      Thanks, Kris. This chapter continues to challenge me – so much so that I keep going back to the pages & rereading, pondering, and prayerfully considering how all this should line up… all the while wanting God to use me to feed others. Thank you for this opportunity.

      June 24th, 2015 17:59
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    Meredith Bernard

    Perfect words for me to read today, “When we come together and express community around a table and celebrate the goodness of creation (enjoying food and good company), we are eating together in the presence of God – in this, the promised feast finds fulfillment.” A needed reminder that time around the table with other believers (or anyone for that matter), is an opportunity to celebrate our existence, our Creator and the beauty of all of His creation…including food. 😉 I’ve also struggled at times with finding foods place in my life. I love food. Too much at times…and have struggled with putting love for it above others, as crazy as that sounds. There is a balance in enjoying food and company among food, as opposed to worshiping the food itself. This gets my wheels turning, in good and hard ways. Thank you Layla!

    June 26th, 2015 19:22
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      layla bb solms

      Meredith
      Sorry for the delayed reply. I’m not accustomed to replies on posts. It just occurred to me to check in. Anyway, thank you for your honesty and affirmation that food gets a stranglehold on many of us – yet we can overcome – even use meals as an act of service to bless others and worship our God.

      July 9th, 2015 17:20
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