Salad. Beautiful, colourful, fresh, nutrient-rich salad.
I feel really blessed in life. Wanna know why? Because I actually love salad. Like, it’s not a job to eat it like many feel when they’re on a some type of diet. I drool over salad. I salivate over salad. Though I love to cook, I’m not a fan of chopping for so long to make the salads…seriously, it takes a lot of chopping! I kind of wish my choice salad of the day would just appear on my counter at my demand.
Unfortunately, the healthier you eat, the more work. It becomes an integrated part of your life, with much thought and effort put into it. When you come to realize that your health and well-being are more important than the feelings of hesitancy to want to spend so much time preparing – scouting out recipes, planning, shopping, chopping, blending, sautéing, measuring, mixing, and worst of all, cleaning! – you’ll do it and not only will you do it, but you’ll enjoy it. Because every ounce of time, effort, prep work, and money that goes into the health of your body and mind is an investment. One that returns to you in abundance.
So I chop. I chop because I want to eat fresh veggies. I chop because it’s good for me. I chop because I feel one with the Creator of the food I eat. I chop because God made these beautiful and tasty foods, and I want to enjoy His creation. I chop because I love salad!
I also reeeeeeeally like eating. I mean, food is amazing. I’m sure you’d never be able to tell, with this blog and all! 😉
But wow. That God in His goodness and generosity would give us, human beings, so many delicious flavours, as well as taste buds to richly enjoy a multitude of flavours just again leaves me in awe of Him. He’s so good and giving and worth all of our love.
The LORD is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation. Psalm 145:9
Some synonyms for compassion are fellow feeling, care, concern, sensitivity, warmth, love, tenderness, tolerance, kindness, and charity to name a few.
Ever think about God like this? He’s the one who created you. He created you with joy and love! He showers His compassion on us through so many endless ways, and you start to see them more and more as you look around and become aware of Him. Because of His sweet love, sensitivity to us, and desire of good things for us, He has given us the gift of taste buds and the ability to taste what seems like an endless array of foods and food combinations. He provides, and He lavishes His love on us in abundant ways.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. I chronicles 16:34
When you really come to know Him, and have a posture before Him of love, adoration, reverence, and humbleness, you come to realize how amazingly blessed we are that He is who He is. That the glorious God of all that exists didn’t have to have His attributes, His character, His nature, His divine beauty and His faithful love. When one comes to realize this, all the things in life once taken for granted becomes radiant in front of our eyes, as we see the Creator and His hand in everything that exists. He didn’t have to give us the ability to enjoy so many things on this earth. But because of His goodness, we are gifted by Him in so many ways.
For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ Acts 17:28
A beautiful truth is that all of God’s kindness is intended to turn people towards Him in love and adoration. It’s intended to bring His created people into a loving and fulfilling eternal relationship with Him. One that satisfies even more than all of the beauty we experience in our lifetime. If you look closely, you can see His passionate pursuit and divine wooing of us through His endless and generous lovingkindness.
Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? Romans 2:4
God isn’t mean and controlling. His love literally consumes and he gently and lovingly and sweetly wants to pull us into Him. And one of the ways he does so by lavishing beauty all around us!
I notice this a great deal when I make salads. Yeah, it’s just a salad. I get that. But, it’s also a reflection of God’s goodness. You see, salads are so colourful! Together in one bowl, you can see all the different pretty colours and different tastes all together in a delicious dish.
One of the other things I love about salad is that you get to eat a lot. I mean, when you have a big huge salad in front of you, it takes time to get through that thing. It’s work. Delicious work! Hungry? Put as many veggies as you want in your salad, and chow down. I love making myself massive dinner salads. They’re so satisfying!
So go! Make a big colourful salad! Go to your local store, and find as many different veggies with different colours as you can. Chop them, and put them together for healthy superfood goodness. Red tomatoes, orange carrots, yellow peppers, dark leafy greens, light green cucumber purple (red) onion, dark purple cabbage, and black olives, to name just a few. And there, you have yourself a rainbow of goodness and beauty, sitting in your bowl for your enjoyment.