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Learning what it means to be hungry

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The past couple days I've been doing partial fasts. I find in doing so that it's like hitting a "restart" button for my eating habits. It wasn't too hard, especially since I drank water whenever I felt "hungry."

I put "hungry" in quotation marks because I realized that I don't necessarily know when I'm really hungry--when I really need food in order to fuel my body, or when it's noon and I should be eating lunch now or it's early evening and it's time for dinner. So much of my eating habits are, well, habits. It had become habitual to eat in the evening. Was I really hungry? I don't think so. I think it had more to do with a block of time that was otherwise unoccupied and I wanted to fill it. Or, I was working on something and got frustrated and food comforted me.

I have never lived in a situation where I have been really hungry, like so much of the world. This puts my own "hunger" in perspective. But there's another side to hunger, a hunger and thirst for the righteousness of God. It occurred to me that I can't know how to hunger for the Lord if I don't know what it means to be hungry!

I think there's more to be said about this, but it's pretty late and I'm getting up early to go to the gym. What do you think? Do you know what it means to feel hunger?
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