F – Food as God’s Love {26 Surprising Ways to Encounter God, A-Z}

“God wants everyone to eat, drink, and enjoy their work. These are gifts from God.”
Ecclesiastes 3:13 (ERV)

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F—Food

What is your favorite food?

Will you be eating it today? Have you thought about the lengths God has taken to bring this food to you?

Some foods are easier to trace back to God than others. Take an apple. Maybe you have an apple tree that someone planted years ago, and today you reap the fruit. Or maybe you go to Kroger and handpick your favorite variety of apple from a bin.

Other foods aren’t so easy to trace back. Candy corn is a luxurious fall treat for me. But Jenna assures me I’m only eating crayons. I still thank God for candy corn.

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Trace  your favorite food back to God, giving thanks along the way.

Pizza Hut’s ham pizza is one of my favorites. I thank God for the teenage worker behind the counter who puts it in the oven, for the factory worker who assembles the raw ingredients into bags and boxes, for the farmer who tends the pigs for the ham and the wheat for the crust and the tomatoes for the sauce.

Granted, not everything we put in our mouths is good for us.

But in moderation, with wisdom, and knowledge of our bodies, the natural foods that God created are gifts from him to us. Gifts of love.

Let’s enjoy our encounters today with God through food. 

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What’s your favorite food? Can you trace it back to God? Please share in the comments.

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  • G—Grandparents
    We don’t get to choose our families of origin. How does God fit in?

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10 thoughts on “F – Food as God’s Love {26 Surprising Ways to Encounter God, A-Z}

  1. blankAnita Ojeda

    Tonight we’re going to eat at one of our favorite restaurants–it’s three hours away (we don’t have many eating out options where I live, the town is too small). As I savor the Indian food, I’m going to be thinking of this post and how the chef (or his parents) came all the way from India to share his talents, and of how each spice was created by God for our gustatory pleasure.

  2. blankSue Donaldson

    Tonight we will go to my husband’s favorite Mexican restaurant – more like a dive – but he loves it (he also doesn’t know it yet!) I love your listing of 26 ways of being surprised by God – my first to see it and you’re already on F (food is my fav.)
    better together,
    sue

  3. blankTrudy

    Your pic of the potato really gives me smiles, Lisa. 🙂 I’m amazed at what ways you’re coming up with to encounter God. Such a great idea to trace back all foods back to God. I love the thought of also being thankful for those who work so hard to bring it to our tables. I think many must often feel so unappreciated. Since I just finished some coffee, it made me curious. I found 10 steps to making coffee. I also found the history of how it was discovered. Very interesting. It’s amazing how God gives minds and know-how to discover and make many food products. Thank you for challenging me today. 🙂 By the way, I love candy corn, too, the Brach’s brand. Made with real honey, so it’s healthy in a way, right? 🙂 Have a blessed weekend! Hugs!

  4. blankMichele Morin

    Lisa, tonight we are going out to eat for my husband’s birthday, so I’ll have lots to think about with the cooks, and the wait staff — and all the way back to the farmer, because I’m planning to order a salad.
    One of the things I love about life on this country hill is that I’m able to raise a lot of our veggies, and usually can and freeze a number of things that take us through the winter.
    The thought process back to God is pretty short on those food items, and that in itself is a reason to be thankful!

  5. blankBettieG

    Lisa, I loved your little Potato-man also! He gave a fun smile to my day. And since my favorite food is eggplant, and since I cannot grow it in my shady garden, I’m usually so thankful when I get some! Your prompts made me want to be more thankful for the ordinary, everyday foods now, though! Thanks for such fun thoughts to keep focused on God’s gifts! –Blessings to you!

  6. blankJune

    It’s hard to pick a favorite. I enjoy most foods! But for this exercise I’ll pick crab cakes! Yum! It’s fun to think about crabs, and all the wondrous creatures of the sea and thank God for each and every one!

  7. blankSharon

    My favorite food is any sort of pasta – perhaps, spaghetti is in the lead! And I can thank God for the stockers in the grocery store, the workers at the packaging factory, the farmers who reap the grains, and the Lord who blesses the harvest and uses the food in my own body.

    GOD BLESS!

    (Sorry I’ve been MIA – been sick for 3 weeks now, finally on antibiotics. UGH)

  8. blankPam

    I love this A-Z series you’re doing! Favorite food? Hard to just choose one! You mentioned apples and I do love those, but love them best when I make them in a pie served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Yesterday I went to our favorite orchard about 15 minutes from home and hand selected a peck of my favorite fall apples from a huge wooden bin. I always look forward to this trip in the fall and others I will make there for this kind of apple since the time it is available is brief. Perhaps it also teaches me that I need to savor those good things He brings into my life because they may not always be there to enjoy. (P.S. Homemade ice cream is something near the top of my list!!)

  9. blankJennifer Clarke

    I appreciate the way you’re encouraging us to invest time and effort into our thanksgiving, instead of merely giving it lip service. Our God has been so good to us – any time that we spend pondering His provision and thanking Him for it is time well-spent! Thank you for sharing this with us at Grace & Truth.

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      I appreciate your encouraging words, Jennifer. I know for myself that it’s easy to slip into taking God’s gifts for granted. But he’s given us SO much and he does it so frequently that I want to remind myself often to tell him thank you.

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