WITH US IN MIND
And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. Genesis 1:11
My God didn’t create a fruit-bearing tree just to make something interesting. It wasn’t a science experiment. It wasn’t a test in creativity to see how many different kinds of vegetation He could create. He had a purpose for all fruit, vegetation, and seeds. He has us in mind when he created all of it. How can we know that? And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.” Genesis 1:29
I know how good fruits, vegetables and seeds are for me. I can tell you many of their benefits and which vitamins they contain. I can even tell you of their anti-cancer properties. So can you, most likely. Why is that? Many think that natural foods just happen to be good for us. Mother Nature is given the credit. But there is no coincidence here. They are good for me because my Creator made them just for my body. God designed the positive chemical reactions between them and me.
Yet, we eat too many genetically altered foods. We consume so-called food that has been so dramatically altered from its natural state that it no longer has the beneficial properties that we need. As a society, we are dying from mal-nutrition.
A diagnosis of cancer in my immediate family has challenged our household to take a second look at God’s original design for mankind; to shop the outer aisles of the grocery store and let God’s creative bounty make up at least 75% of our dinner plate.
The bottom line to this is ~ God does all things well. He loved me before I was created. From before the foundation of the world, He knew me intimately and planned my life down to the last apple seed I would plant and then consume. No wonder I say grace at meals. He planned the meal from before Genesis. Why? To sustain my life so that I might glorify Him and take part in the redemption storyline of mankind. If I’m sickly due to neglect of His provision, how can I be an effective minister? And isn’t this a de-glorification of God? I am starting to believe so.
A new kind of ‘saying grace’ is on my lips as of today. Amen