Pondering for Saturday, September 14, 2019

Daily Office Readings for Saturday of Proper 18 Year 1

AM Psalm 55; PM Psalm 138, 139:1-17(18-23) 1 Kings 18:41-19:8; Phil. 3:17-4:7; Matt. 3:13-17

“Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, ‘Get up and eat.’ He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again.” (1 Kings 19: 5 – 6)

I find it interesting that food is used as an energy source prior to a journey rather than a reward after an ordeal.  The latter reminds me of the saying, “If you don’t work, you don’t eat.”  The implication is that you work first, and later eat.

Elijah also ordered Ahab to “go up and eat and drink.” (1 Kings 18:41)  Food is our energy source.  Perhaps the greatest contribution to our gaining weight, especially in America, is not so much what we eat or even how much we eat but when we eat.  We’ve been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Some cultures make the midday meal the largest meal of the day.  The weight gaining problem comes (I think) when we eat late and then have no physical journey after the meal like Elijah had. 

Paying close attention to this 1Kings reading for today we will see that he did eat something and take another nap.  But then was awakened again where we read, “He ate and drank, and lay down again. The angel of the Lord came a second time, touched him, and said, ‘Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.’ He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food for forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God.” (1Kings 19:6 – 8)  While forty days might be a stretch the greater point for me is that he ate and then walked, walked to see God.

I don’t know that this passage is strictly teaching dietary lessons; probably not.  But I think I have that unique ability to glean little bits of insight that delve into seemingly unrelated but important areas.  Fitness is one of those areas I am interested in.  I love it when my faith ear hears good news about a possible connection to fitness.  All things are related in some way. We feed our bodies in order that we too might be able to journey to see God.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through God’s people and ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John+

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