Spiritual Food–And the Right Kind of Preservatives

by Rhonda Rhea

“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103, ESV.

My cooking skills. I know I make a lot of jokes about those. It’s hard not to. There’s just so much material there. But every once in a while, I do like to put something together in my own kitchen. Of course, for me it’s more like a game show than cooking. I pick the right boxes, and then I sort of “win” dinner. Pick this cardboard-boxed food to go with that cardboard-boxed food. I know you’re tempted to judge me harshly right about now. I wish I could think of a reason why you shouldn’t.

If you’re not judging because you’re also a “boxer,” let me warn you. If you read the ingredients on a box label or two, you could experience some distress. Last time I read the list of ingredients on a couple of my handy-dandy, put-em-together-in-ten-minutes boxes, I noticed they read almost exactly like the list of ingredients on my shampoo bottle. What was that stuff? Chemicals. Preservatives. More chemicals. I didn’t know if I should “heat and serve” or “lather, rinse, repeat.”

I hear a lot of people talk about how it’s probably healthier to chuck the contents and eat the boxes instead. Those boxes are made of cardboard. Which is made from trees. Trees are plants. So I’m thinking…vegetable.

Hey, with a nice sauce that could be a viable option. I’d call it thinking outside the box, dinner-wise, except that in this scenario I’m still pretty committed to the box. For the record, yes, I do realize I could stand to get a little more committed to nutrition and a little less committed to boxes.

And while I can joke all day about dinner and all its colorful box choices, I want you to know I take spiritual nourishment altogether seriously. I’m committed.

The psalmist prayed, “I will meditate on Your precepts and think about Your ways. I will delight in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word” (Psalm 119:15-16, HCSB). He got it. In verse 5 of that same chapter, he ponders as he prays, “If only my ways were committed to keeping Your statutes!”

Some days the schedule is so crazy that I wonder how I can possibly squeeze in time in God’s Word. Those are the days it makes no sense not to. Absolutely no sense. That commitment has to kick in, full-on. How could I begin to make all the snap decisions and handle the extra stresses of a busy day without being equipped—by being fed spiritually—through spending time in His Word? A busy day is not a day we want to spend in spiritual malnourishment.

There’s no meal—inside or outside the box—that satisfies like time with the Lord. “You satisfy me as with rich food; my mouth will praise You with joyful lips” (Psalm 63:5, HCSB). And nevermind all those preservatives in my box dinners. As we seek the Lord, our souls are preserved. “The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul,” (Psalm 121:7, NKJV).

Staying joyfully in His Word fully nourishes my soul in the most preserving direction. And I will remain…committed.

You might be interested to know that even while I may not remain all that committed to my boxed preservatives, since those chemicals are engineered for the express purpose of making things last longer, I’m still thinking I should live to be about 342.

rhonda rheaAbout the author: Rhonda Rhea is a TV personality for Christian Television Network and a humor columnist for great magazines such as HomeLife, Leading Hearts, The Pathway and many more. She is the author of 12 books, including Fix-Her-Upperco-authored with Beth Duewel, and a hilarious novel, Turtles in the Roadco-authored with her daughter, Kaley Rhea. Rhonda and Kaley are also excited to be teaming up with Bridges TV host, Monica Schmelter, for a new book and TV series titled, Messy to Meaningful—Lessons from the Junk Drawer. Rhonda enjoys speaking at conferences and events from coast to coast and serves as a consultant for Bold Vision Books. She lives near St. Louis with her pastor/hubs and has five grown children. You can read more from Rhonda on her website or Facebook page.

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Join the conversation: What spiritual nourishment have you ingested lately?


8 thoughts on “Spiritual Food–And the Right Kind of Preservatives

  1. Resting in Him. I cannot “do” everything. I cannot “fix” everything. However, He sees and knows all things. Rather than stressing life issues, my time needs to spent with Him, talking to Him about these things and then letting Him, my Abba father, take care of them – as only He can.


  2. I have been marinating in His presence. Seeking His face. Psalms 116:9 says, “So I walk in the Lord’s presence as I live here on earth.” Now that’s good news!


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