Tonight while I was preparing dinner, I was overwhelmed with a sense of humility and gratitude. I have experienced this often since we started down the road of understanding the greater picture of how food is one of God's provisions for bringing health to our bodies.
Several years ago, my husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I recall the day as though it were yesterday. We were attending a wedding in Upstate New York in July when we received the call from the doctor confirming that the biopsy indicated there was cancer found. I would like to say we were completely surprised, but in all honesty that still small voice had already spoken to our hearts and we were already preparing for the news.
It was during this time that I began to assess our life. We were like most people our age with careers - my husband with his business; me with my work as a project manager. Both of us very successful and honestly, very happy. And both of us were very grateful to God who had brought it all about. We were active and tried to eat well, following the recommendations of the doctor - low fat, minimize red meat, etc. We had tried to be faithful to the doctor's advice. But the call from the doctor that day sent me in search of answers from our creator about why the body gets sick and is there a way to strengthen it against disease.
As a christian, I believe that God created the earth and all that is in it. I also believe He is the author of life. And as the creator He is well acquainted with humans and knows exactly what is needed to sustain us. So in my search for answers, I began to ask God for direction and wisdom. During this time I became aware of a book by Jordan Rubin titled "The Maker's Diet". The book chronicles Jordan's struggle with Crohn's disease and how by applying biblical dietary principles and consuming probiotics he found healing for his body. Through this book I learned about other resources that were useful in my education on the proper preparation and place of food in our lives.
I found the more I read and became educated on the subject of food and its ability to nourish our bodies if prepared properly, the more gratitude I felt toward God for his provision. He truly has provided for all of our needs. And with this gratitude came a sense of completeness. A knowledge that God loves all of me - body, soul, and spirit - and has a plan for all parts of my life. Even for the food I eat. What a good, good Father.