There are days that I want to crawl back into bed, pull the covers over my head and forget about adulting. On those days, nothing would make me happier than it would to build a blanket fort and take refuge under it with a flashlight, a good book, and a big bowl of mashed potatoes with bisto gravy. When everything seems to be going wrong and crashing down, that is the precise moment that you need some good comfort food….soul food. I don’t mean “soul” food as in chicken, greens, and mashed potatoes (although, that’s mighty yummy….MmmmMmmm). Soul food….words and teachings that build you up, give you hope and wrap you in the love of God.
In today’s busy world, we rarely have time to stop and smell the flowers, let alone to cook healthy meals, do the shopping, shuttle the kids around, exercise, clean the house, do the laundry, all while meeting the demands put on us by our jobs, spouses, family and friends. An area that often goes overlooked is our daily time in devotion with God. If you want a strong body, you have to exercise, get enough sleep, and eat healthy foods daily. If you want a strong mind, you have to surround yourself with positive people and teachers. You need to read books, attend seminars, and be open to a lifetime of continued learning. The spirit is no different. If you want a strong, healthy spirit, you need to immerse yourself in the word of God, meditate on scripture, and in prayer.
I know that mashed potatoes and bisto gravy are not a healthy choice for my body. Neither are my other comfort favorites: cocoa and buttered toast, homemade macaroni and cheese, stuffed cabbage, Kvass, and Russian apple pastry. Just as I need to make a conscious effort to find “healthy comfort foods” to nourish my body, I have to overcome the urge to sit and fill my mind with reruns on the telly. It is much too easy to sit and “veg out” on reruns of old sitcoms. I have to make a conscious choice to open my Bible or some other daily devotion.
Every morning, I pray and plead the blood of Jesus over my family. I pick a song to praise and worship God with throughout the day, and I soldier on. There’s something satisfying about belting out (in my head, of course) DC Talk’s song, “Jesus Freak” while making sales calls. But, these are quick fixes. It is important to find the time to immerse yourself in relaxation and worship. Sometimes, I can only accomplish this through corporate worship at church on a weekend. Other times, I can grab a cup of coffee and journal my Bible meditations while I sit on my patio and watch the turtles and herons. Lately, my comfort food…my soul food….has been found in the Psalms.
My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. Psalm 73:26 (King James version)
The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Psalm 9:9 (KJV)
What is nourishing your soul?