The Need To Eat
He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. – Deuteronomy 8:3.
Also read Matthew 22:1-14. (The link will open in a new window).
“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” – John 6:27.
With Biosphere II sealed against outside influences, the crew members discovered the time and difficulty involved in preparing meals. When they ate a particularly delicious meal, they would often reflect on the time and energy it demanded, from planting to harvesting then processing and cooking. They calculated that the preparation of biospherian pizza—their favorite dish—took at least four months from start to finish.
They all developed a renewed awareness of the essential nature of food. Having constant access to it before entering the enclosure, they thought little of its visceral relevance. The Biosphere accentuated their awareness. Nowhere was the importance of food more obvious than in their inordinate celebrations of every special day: birthday, holiday, solstice became an excuse to eat!
How essential food is, and what joy we experience in sharing it with loved ones. With good reason Jesus described the kingdom of God as a feast in which the redeemed will eat at leisure and to their fill. Our hearts hunger as much for God as our bodies for food. And those who continue their growth in Christ appreciate the time-consuming expense of the effort. That very awareness exalts their appreciation of it. They have this added blessed assurance: they will sit one day at God’s table and have opened to them all the divine mysteries they cannot fathom now.