Tuesday, August 11, 2009

God is in the Calories

Which tastes better, broccoli or cheesecake? Easy right? How about this, if you were hungry, how would you rank these five foods in order from worst to best tasting; lettuce, bacon cheeseburger, bowl of fruity pebbles, 1 chocolate chip cookie and a cup of grapes. Go ahead . . . make your list. I'm guessing most of us would do something like this, starting with the worst . . . lettuce, grapes, fruity pebbles, cookies and bacon cheeseburger. I know, I know, someone is saying, I don't like cereal or maybe you just ate dinner and cookies sound the best, especially if my mom or wife made them (same recipe), but overall we'd all head the same direction. Now, if I made a list of which foods are best for you health wise, the list would be reversed. I once heard that lettuce actually takes more calories to eat than it has in it.
I think this is another proof of God. Everything, including calories, has order to it. If Mountain Dew and burritos were healthy, we'd have a skinny nation. If chocolate, in it's various forms, were part of a weight loss plan, I'd be the first to sign up. On the other hand, if strawberries were full of fat, carbs and sugar, we'd kill them like a weed and probably consider them poisonous.
We see this organized God in other areas too. Running and exercise are great for you. Sitting in front of the TV is not. You run a little, you get a little healthier. You run alot you get alot healthier. It's like the harder you work, the more willpower you exert, the greater you can become.
Is this true in our spiritual walks? Definitely is. These last three weeks I've been ramping up my Bible time. Everyday, usually before lunch, I spend a half hour studying God's word and praying. I have a good pastor friend who spends twice that every morning. I'm not sure God created me with 60 straight minutes worth of focus, but we'll see. I have found that for me, it helps to set a minimum amount of time. That way I can marinade in the Word and not rush through it (which I do sometimes). It forces me to slow down and listen. I'm loving it!
In what other ways do you see God's divine order? Maybe you disagree completely and think that there is no real order. Hit the reply. I'd love your opinion!