I’ve been sick with some kind of cold virus lately, and it seems to have affected my appetite, putting me off most food and even *gasp* coffee!
But I know that it can be a vicious cycle – feeling too sick to eat, then feeling weak because I haven’t eaten, then being sick for longer as my body struggles to recover.
So even though I didn’t feel like it, I forced myself to eat things that my body needs – red meat, veggies, egg and (yes) coffee. It’s not a fantastic experience, eating with a blocked nose. But I see the benefits of nourishing my body when I have that little bit of extra strength returning and I’m that little bit less cranky.
Whether or not I feel like eating is irrelevant. My body needs food so I should eat.
And sure, sometimes we do need to stay away from food for a while when we’re sick. But this can only be a temporary thing, or it becomes hazardous to our health.
It made me think about how we approach reading the Bible.
In her interview on the Sheologians podcast, Rachel Jankovic encourages women to feast on the spiritual food that God has made freely available to us – His word, the Bible.
Why would we spiritually starve ourselves or try to get by on crumbs, when we have an absolute feast available in His word daily?
Since doing the Summer reading plan and now the Bible reading challenge (in which we will read the entire Bible in 9 months), I’ve become much more aware of my own need for His word, daily. I haven’t managed to keep up with the set readings each day, but the amazing thing is that after spending so long making this habit and enjoying the Bible daily, I actually miss and long for God’s word when I do miss a few days.
Here are some signs I’ve noticed that tell me my spirit is “starving” for a Bible feast:
- I am more irritable around people.
- I am more direction-less in my day – not really knowing what I should do next.
- I scroll through social media mindlessly.
- I am more easily discouraged by difficult circumstances.
When I notice those things, it’s a sure sign to me that I haven’t been in the Word.
When was the last time you ate?