Today was another Daddy Breakfast Saturday! This is when my hubby rolls up his sleeves and makes his famous pancakes and eggs for the kids and me. This morning, though, my stomach was growling more than usual. I couldn't wait to dive in when he handed me my plate. But this time, something was off. Every time I tried to eat the eggs, I felt queasy. Even with my stomach rumbling, I kept trying to force them down. And then it hit me—I don't like eggs anymore. My taste for eggs has been on the decline for some time now, but out of habit, I kept piling them onto my plate. That's when it struck me that my appetite is changing. And you know what? It's okay if I stop eating eggs. So, with that, I pushed the eggs to the side and went to town on my pancakes. I don't know what your "eggs" are but maybe it's time you stop forcing yourself to eat something you no longer have a taste for?
Now, I can't share this without tying it to scripture. Here's where my study led me this morning:
"The whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The people of Israel said to them, 'We wish we had died by the hand of the Lord in Egypt, where we sat by pots of meat and ate bread until we were full. You've brought us into this wilderness to kill us all with hunger.'"
In this passage, the Israelites are whining about their current situation and longing for their old lives in Egypt, even though they were slaves. They're doubting the wisdom of leaving Egypt. It's a reminder of how the Israelites often forgot God's faithfulness and provision and yearned for their old, familiar life—even if it meant staying in chains.
Here's what I want you to take away from this:
1.) Just because something brings comfort doesn't mean it's not toxic. The Israelites were linking their idea of nourishment to a state of bondage. Sometimes the thing that feeds you can also be the thing that holds you back.
2.) Be mindful of what you say, think, and entertain when you're hungry. Hunger symbolizes a desire. When you're hungry, whether it's physically, mentally, or spiritually, you're more likely to accept anything. This is why the Israelites even considered going back to slavery just for a meal. Some of you, in your hunger, are opening doors that should stay shut.
3.) God is changing your appetite: Sometimes, God might introduce something new to feed your hunger and get you to seek Him. When the Israelites were starving, He gave them a meal they'd never seen before. Exodus 16:13-15:
"In the evening, quail came and covered the camp. In the morning, there was dew all around the camp. When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost appeared on the desert floor. When the Israelites saw it, they asked each other, 'What is it?' They didn't know what it was. Moses told them, 'This is the bread the Lord has given you to eat.'"
Notice their question—"What is this?" They had been exposed to something new, but that newness was birthed from their hunger. I believe your hunger is good, and I believe God will satisfy it with something new. Something that aligns with who you are and not who you were. Something that brings you closer to Him. But it's in our willingness to try, to trust, and to take that first bite that we open ourselves up to the possibility of a divine meal - one that not only nourishes our bodies but also feeds our souls.
So, sis, don't force yourself to consume what God has decided isn't for you anymore. Trust His plan for your life. Allow Him to change your appetite. It's okay to let go of the familiar and embrace the new. Just as I pushed aside those eggs and enjoyed my pancakes, don't be afraid to push aside old habits, tastes, or even relationships that no longer agree with you.
Here's to new appetites, new experiences, and the faith to trust God's plan - even when it means letting go of our eggs. If you’re hungry for something new reply to this email. The team and I would love to lift you in our prayers during our upcoming fast.
See you at the TEA Party in two weeks. By the way, today is the last day to register.