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The Food and Beverage of Choice

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This is one in a series of nine photovotionals
based on the prints we have hanging
on our walls in our home in Brandon, Florida.

When we were reflecting on how to decorate the walls of our new home here in Florida we decided to use some of my photography. Three are color images that adorn the wall by the kitchen table. The theme is food. We went with color images to keep the kitchen area bright. In the living room we have two images on one wall and three on another. They’re in sepia, to match the walls and to, well, keep up with the style; black and white or sepia seem to be “in” these days. The ninth image hangs in our bathroom, an image of a bowl and towel. All the images were chosen to communicate a message. Over the next nine weeks I’ll be giving you a tour of these images, stopping each week at a different one and pondering what the photo communicates.

The first image you see as you come in our front door and glance to the left by the kitchen table is an image of a cup and bread. You can’t get much more of a simple meal than one of bread and beverage.

Serious thought goes into planning a meal for a special occasion. Jesus looked forward to His last supper with His disciples before His arrest and crucifixion. He told them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.” (Luke 22:14) This special meal was an adaptation of a meal already planned for that particular date in the calender year for Jews, the Passover. Jesus took the bread and the cup of Passover and gave them new meaning for His disciples who ate the meal with Him, a new meaning we’re to embrace as well. Jesus’ intention was that the broken bread be a reminder of His body broken and the cup of red beverage of the grape a reminder of His blood shed, both a reminder of His giving His life for us.

It’s a simple meal the menu of which has been duplicated countless millions of times over the centuries by His followers. It’s so simple a meal that it can be partaken of in almost any set of circumstances: from the battlefield to the prison cell, from the hospital bed to the cathedral.

This simple meal initiated by Jesus should prompt us to ask what feeds our heart and soul. We can wrongly seek our main nourishment from success, from wanting to be loved or admired or popular, from sensual delights that include everything from food to sex to music to movies. There are other sources too that we look to for our ultimate nourishment. Much of it is good, just not the best. It’s like Twinkies. It’s OK to have one occasionally, just don’t make them the mainstay of your diet; fruits and vegetables should be first and foremost on the dinner plate. Having our heart and soul nourished foremost by anything else other than a relationship with the Lord makes it junk food by comparison. Don’t misunderstand, these other aspects of life can be good and even necessary gifts of God, but they’re not the main dish, just the side dishes and dessert.

The broken bread and cup remind us that the ultimate nourishment of a relationship with God comes through Him having entered our world for the principle purpose of dying on a cross for our sins, that we might be fully fed by Him for a life that will last forever! That’s why, while we eat our meal at the dinner table here in Brandon, we have the image of the bread and cup to remind us where our best food of all comes from!

Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man [Jesus Himself) will give you. (Jesus in John 6:27)

Bread in the Wilderness

breadsmallEvery few days there seems to be another story in the news about someone surviving for several days in the wilderness. The stories vary from children who wander from their parents to experienced hikers who get lost or injured. The wilderness may be a forest, a snowed-in area, or a desert. TV reality shows put people in wilderness environments because there’s something intriguing and scary about a wilderness experience. Have you ever wondered how you’d survive if you were plopped down into the wilderness? Now remember, you can’t call for room service or for pizza delivery!

The reality is that we’re all faced with the challenge of surviving in a wilderness. Sooner or later — and usually sooner — life puts us in some kind of wilderness where we feel as if we don’t have what we need and don’t possess what it takes to survive.

God’s people — the people of Israel, the Hebrews — were led out of more than four hundred years of slavery in Egypt, but then they were led by Moses into the wilderness for forty years. How did they survive? God provided them bread in the wilderness, a substance called manna, which literally, in the Hebrew, means “what is it?”

Can we believe that God will provide for us in our wilderness experience? It’s good to remember how He’s provided for us in the past. And let’s not be like the man who was looking for a parking space. He asked God, “Please, Lord, help me find a parking space.” Immediately he saw one and said, “Never mind, Lord; I found one.”

Yes, He can provide bread in our wilderness! We just have to believe He can!

“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day.’” (Exodus 16:4)