Saturday, March 5, 2011

Food Glorious Food

Today began the Philadelphia International Flower Show and just like last year I look forward to many meals over the next two weekends in the Reading Terminal.  The terminal is no longer a terminal, but a collection of delicious food and a few quirky shops.  The food features a lot from the Pennsylvania Dutch area, but also included are several Asian restaurants, several Philadelphia traditions, and more.  For example, today I ate at the Cajun restaurant, and it was even better than I remember it being last year.  I had what is known as a Trainwreck Po' Boy and it includes salami, steak, Andouille sausage, and Cajun mayo.  To complement that fine sandwich, I had a small order of alligator sausage gumbo.  Both were out of this world. 

That got me to thinking.  God's goodness is amazing in that we take perfectly natural things created by Him and create delicious food from them.  Think about it, you take milk from a cow churned over and over until it solidifies and eggs laid by a chicken then you combine those items with naturally grown items (although processed through natural always tastes better if you ask me) from sugar cane, wheat, cocoa plant, and a vanilla plant. Then you add a couple of naturally occurring compounds.  Still not done, you take your concoction and put it in the oven heated by fire created by "natural" gas and in a short time, you have brownies.  No science on earth can recreate that same delicious flavor without things created naturally by God.  Even with today's lunch, it is amazing.  We make meats taste different by adding natural salt or by putting them in a closed space with burning wood to create different flavors.  Or even the quintessential Cajun flavor created by sauteing together three vegetables - celery, bell pepper, and onion.  Again what is created a flavor that no man can create in science. 

We do have a lot to learn about food.  As much as we like to think how great we are, all we do is mix together things created by God.  We do not "create" food.  We just mix things up and see what works.  I am not taking away from the skill of a chef.  As someone who likes to cook, I do know that much work goes into making something delicious.  Chefs do not create, though, they just mix together what God created and cook or prepare it in a variety of ways, again using things that God has provided.  Think about it, a baker can make an apple pie like you can never imagine, but he can not make you an apple. 

But more than that, I thought of the marriage supper of the lamb.  In my life, I have had the privilege of having some pretty amazing foods.  I am sure many of you have as well.  What is amazing is that even the best of our best is imperfect man doing the best he can to prepare something created by God but corrupted and turned imperfect by man with the hopes of pleasing someones unique palate.  When we enter into our eternity and sit down for the Feast of Feasts, we will be dining on food prepared by God Himself using perfect ingredients in ways only a perfect God can imagine.  This will not be some caterers' facsimile of a well-known dish made in bulk, nor will it be man's futile attempt of creating something perfect with imperfect skill and corrupted ingredients.  No, this will be perfect food created by a perfect God who not only knows are palates but created them.  It will truly be a meal worthy for the King and King and Lord of Lords and He begins eternity with His bride. 

So the next time you sit down and have a meal so amazing you could not imagine it any better, just think that what you are having is nothing compared for what awaits us in our eternity.  That is because in eternity, it is so amazing, we can not even imagine it.
Then he said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!'" And he said to me, "These are the true sayings of God." Revelation 19:9 NKJV

1 comment:

  1. Great post & fun too! Spent the day today with Rob and the kids shopping at a market for fresh produce. We enjoyed all the things we made with the veggies we picked up. So thankful for our Creator and the things He made for us to eat!