During our cross-cultural training, an oft-quoted rule-of-thumb was “Whatever is put in front of you!”
Ouch! The ultimate challenge for a picky eater! And all the more so when faced with unfamiliar — yea, bizarre-looking — local “delicacies”. (Take rambutans, for instance. I mean, who would have thought such a spiky, alien-looking fruit would be not only edible, but delicious!)
Whatever is put in front of you? Seriously?!
But Jesus apparently agreed. He was ready to “eat” whatever His Father put in front of him.
I just can’t stop thinking about that Jesus Diet: “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” John 4:34
How do I — a picky eater in food and life — develop a taste for the same? Well, maybe I could start with an appetizer.
Appetizer: A food or drink served usually before a meal to stimulate the appetite.
When our son Jonathan was four, he had a standard prayer for mealtimes (honed to 5-second perfection!): “Thank-You-for-this-yummy-food. AY-men!”
Then one day, completely out of the blue, he amazed us with a spontaneous variation: “Thank you for this yummy food. We don’t want you to take it away! Whatever You give us, we’ll eat!”
Thank you for this yummy food. Whatever You give us, we’ll eat.
Out of the mouth of babes. That simple expression of thanksgiving for God’s gifts and faith in God’s goodness points the way for me.
When I, like Jesus and Jonathan, can turn from complaining to rest completely in God’s goodness … when I can begin every “meal” (of food or of life) with wholehearted thanksgiving … will my appetite grow for more? More of God. More of His will. More of the Jesus Diet.
With Jonathan, I say “AY-men!” Let it be so.