Food is amazing…it can be rapturous…it might even be transcendent!
I’m sure I’ll get no disagreements from the gallery, right?
While on our 30th anniversary, my wife and I had the enormous privilege of eating at the “Arrow Leaf Bistro.” Bistro probably is too small of a word to describe the fine dining experience we had in the quaint Western-like town of Winthrop. The atmosphere was simply dressed, the staff modestly appareled, and the dining area would fit into the first floor of a small home. But, the zealous and joyful personality of our waitress made us feel more than the object of attention in our evening’s excursion.
It felt like everything was made for us. The sky blazing red…the exceptional scallops sitting beautifully erected upon my plate (the best I ever had)…the well-seasoned seared pork chop architecturally resting upon my wife’s dish…all if it felt mysteriously designed and on purpose. It’s like we were meant to be here and feel the love between heaven and earth, between us and the bistro, and of course, between my wife and me.
OK…I may be a bit over dramatic, but it’s how we felt. It was the truth…and the truth of God’s Word.
“I perceived that there is nothing better for them (humanity) than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also, that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.” (Ecclesiastes 3:12-13, ESV)
Life is lived. You were created for it. It’s always about moving into the next thing—unfolding from one captured moment to another. We don’t wait for it. We make it happen. Regardless of the hinderances, we keep moving.
The tapestry of creation fills every moment with opportunity. We just have to see it, engage it—knowing that we were meant to live fully in it.
I know what you might be thinking. I don’t possess enough to have the adventures I’m supposed to have. I’m on a limited budget…I have too many responsibilities…and my health isn’t what it used to be.
Living the journey has little to do with money, resources, or even our health. Of course, it helps to have it all together! I’ll give you that. Who wouldn’t want more resources do with as you please? But, the truth of living is engaging what we believe is in front of us, today. Loving and being loved. Possessing what we believe we’re designed to walk in. Experiencing as much as we are able. Whether limited or not, we must let our divine story engage the real world.
In the gospel, it’s pretty simply spelled out: “I have come that you might have life and have it abundantly.” It maybe overstated at times, and overused, but it stands at the center of creation’s purpose, and Jesus’ promises.
It’s all about life and love. There is nothing else.
Fight for it. Possess it. Or, lose it to forces that you may not even be aware of.