God’s Abundance is not on Aisle 4

My first time buying purple carrots and potatoes at my farmer's market. Also pictured: my coffee cup.

My first time buying purple carrots and potatoes at my farmer’s market. Also pictured: the edge of my coffee cup.

I’m finding less and less of a need—or want—to visit the grocery store these days.

Some items will always require a trip but fortunately for me, I live near some fantastic farmer’s markets.

The step of visiting the farmer’s market puts me more in touch with the land. No, I’m not tilling the land or plucking any oranges from their trees. It’s helped me learn what’s in season and when, something I truly had no concept of until a couple of years ago.

God designed us to be in touch with the land. Think back to Adam and Eve. When they violated their covenant with God and subsequently got kicked out of the Garden of Eden. Man was then cursed with working difficult land. When the Jews violated their covenant with God, their land was often taken from them. When things were good in their relationship with God, the land was good.

How many of us really understand the land immediately around us? How many of us know the people who are supplying us what we eat?

In Barbara Kingsolver’s book Animal Vegetable Miracle, her husband Steven Hopp (who has his Ph.D in animal behavior) wrote a small sidebar on how “oily” our food is. In his estimation, each food item on an American plate has traveled an average of 1500 miles. That’s the average.

We don’t know who our food comes from and worse, we don’t care.

God designed us to know the land, to work the land and to be in community with each other.

Pushing your cart down aisle 4 won’t do any of that for you.

You know what else it won’t do for you? Show you God’s abundance.

How many of us when we think of tomatoes, we think of the Roma variety? Or, you don’t even know what they are called. But most of us have one picture in our mind of what tomatoes look like. It’s not like those varieties are bad,  but the Romas just aren’t very exciting when you consider the thousands of varieties out there. Our grocery stores of trained us to think of just one or two types of tomatoes exist.

Same with carrots. And potatoes. Thousands and thousands of different varieties and we know of and have tried maybe half dozen between those two vegetables.

We’re missing out on some of the best of God’s creation because we only take what the grocery store gives us.

Who ever said vegetables are boring?

God didn’t intend them to be.


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