Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river.
Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear,
because the water from the sanctuary flows to them.
Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”
I came to this scripture and it got me thinking . . . I’m sure they ate meat in Bible times, and we have read as much, but I wonder if they ate anywhere near as much as we do today? The words “leaves for healing” struck me too as “leaves” are one of my favorite food groups. lol Okay, I’m not your typical vegetarian. I am not yet a vegetarian at all, actually but I get closer to it by the day. That being said, each time I go onto my Facebook account I see my friends who have “green thumbs” showing pictures of their huge harvest and I think of two things. They need to live closer to me geographically, and man I wish I had a green thumb. lol
It’s funny really but growing up I spent a lot of time at the dinner table. No, not because I ate too much, but because I hated veggies. I laugh now because I am finding myself loving them more and more and liking meat less and less. I don’t avoid it out of respect for Bessie the cow and in sympathy for her ancestors who became my double cheese burgers of the past years, but frankly the more I find yummy new ways of preparing them the more I load up on veggies and the more I find meat losing it’s appeal. I’m not really “dieting” since I am not suffering, but instead loving what I’m eating and I’m losing weight, firming up, in a better mood, spending less money . . . duh! Veggies are good. lol
Seems that meat was and in many places in the world still is a treat and not the huge portion on the plate. Seems to me I am finding it’s not even that much of a treat to me anymore. Offer me a spinach and cheese quesadilla and watch me smile! A plate of roasted veggies will get me so excited and will be eaten so quickly that the steak you serve with ’em will hardly be touched. I’ll be much too full of my peppers, brocoli, mushrooms, carrots, cauliflower, etc., to think of touching my steak.
This got me to thinking of other things like the fact that our bodies are a gift from God and my gift to Him is taking better care of it. Just for fun, I did a quick search for how many times the word garden appears in the NIV Bible. It comes up at 60 times. For more fun, I checked out vine, which makes me think of leaves, fruit, veggies . . . well, that brought in a harvest of 186 times the word appears in the Bible. Clearly there is something to this. I know the words are used for a lot more than for Jesus to discuss dinner options, but He used teachings which represented “real life” concepts and values. If He chose vines and gardens in His teaching it was because they were a big deal and people would more likely understand the message He was conveying in the use of such an analogy.
As I say this there’s a yummy 3/4 of a spinach Quiche in the kitchen waiting for me. I’m the only one here to eat it and that’s fine. It’ll keep, it tastes as good or better left over, and it’s too hot to cook too often, so win-win situation for me. I did offer to share it with a busy friend and “brother” whose wife is away and whose dining habits, I suspect, are bad when she’s away, but he was too busy to take me up on it. Oh, dear. More for me. lol Oh, spinach – healthy leaves like the quote above states. Okay, they weren’t speaking of spinach but they could have. It’s said to have vitamins A, C, E, and K and a lot of other assets to the body and it’s YUMMY.
So, when you think of dinner, think of how healthy those vines are . . . and stay away from the pasture a bit more. You’ll find you hardly miss the big huge portion of meat when you try your hand at seasoning up some nice veggies. I wish I could tell you how I make my spinach Quiche, but it changes each time I make it. lol Play with your food. Really! Life’s too short to fuss about reading the directions. lol Okay, read ’em but the only rules you have to follow are the ones from God, the rest are negotiable. lol
For more good ideas on food and recipes, here are a couple of friends’ blogs you’ll want to check out.
Mary’s Blog: http://maryaquino.wordpress.com/ Are you a dog lover? Talk to Mary about that too!
Trisha’s Flying Meatballs: http://trishasflyingmeatballs.wordpress.com/ Ask her to tell you the flying meatball story!