It is my sincere hope that the posts in this series have been an inspiration to you so far, and are properly articulating the beauty of God’s care for us in all elements of life. Somehow humanity has become divorced from the fact that since God is the Creator of all things, that His presence is everywhere; in everything. He has given us His stunning, glorious creation; both for us to enjoy, and to care for; with wisdom, and hearts filled with appreciation.
Perhaps, if you are like me, you may have been missing the Biblically established association between the need for us to connect with our Creator, and the need for us to healthfully connect to the creation; according to the expressed intention of our Creator, in the Scriptural record.
Consider the example of the wisdom of Solomon:
“And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore. Thus Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the men of the East and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all men—than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was in all the surrounding nations.
He spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five. Also he spoke of trees, from the cedar tree of Lebanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall; he spoke also of animals, of birds, of creeping things, and of fish.”
(1 Ki 4:29-33)
Note that the wisdom that God gave to Solomon related to his exalted knowledge concerning trees, animals, birds, insects and fish. Now, that is really interesting, isn’t it? It seems to me that in most faith circles, we tend to exalt “unearthly” wisdom and often consider wisdom concerning the creation largely irrelevant to our faith. Yet, we see here that the list of Solomon’s God given wisdom was actually related to various elements of the creation. In this sense, He was a scientist! In addition, we see that Solomon spoke numerous proverbs, and wrote a large collection of music: in this we see that he also was a deep thinker, life strategist and a song writer!
Now to get back to the topic of food. For those of us who may not have done so already, we need to begin to adopt the mindset that it is according to the beautiful heart of our Creator, that we can be blessed to grow in wisdom in all areas of life; especially in our understanding concerning the things that He has made with His own hands, so that we can truly step into the role of stewards over the earth. This is in accordance with the original purpose of our God in creating us.
While wild foods are a fantastic way to bring about greater levels of health in our present lives, as we looked at in part 3 of this series; they are certainly not the only way, by far. The intention of the Creator at the very beginning was that mankind would live in a garden; enjoying an intimate relationship with the foods they were eating by guarding, stewarding over, and tending to them. A most excellent way to develop a relationship with, and appreciation for, the health giving foods that we eat is to grow the plants ourselves. In so doing we can enjoy the process of discovering what each plant is like; while seeking the help and wisdom of our Creator, getting to know His handiwork. This is a wonderful way to experience the love, gifts and grace of the Creator.
I have come to believe that an important realization for us is this: that the imbalance brought into the world by Adam and Eve, when they walked away from the loving leadership of their God, carried with it a violent and forceful approach to growing food. Thereafter, mankind developed a misunderstanding concerning our vital role in relation to nature and the earth. Yet we know that this will not always be the case. The prophetic, future world is, in fact, a garden world. It is a world in which harmony and fruitfulness abound; where mankind has once again gained that special relationship with the Creator in His worldwide “Garden of Eden”.
“The wilderness and the desert will be glad, and the Arabah will rejoice and blossom; Like the crocus It will blossom profusely and rejoice with rejoicing and ashout of joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They will see the glory of YHWH, the majesty of our God.” (Isa 35:1-2)
Living in a garden world means that men and women have come to understand their original position in the design of the Creator. At the very beginning, Yah placed Adam and His wife in a garden; and taught them that the role of mankind was to both serve and guard the earth; and the garden in which they were placed. (Hebrew words in Gen 2:15: “’abad”= serve / “shamar”=guard). When we step into this privileged role as intended by Yah, we will find ourselves stepping into His blessing and being a part of the gorgeous world to come; a world that will be completely full of His goodness and the glory of all that He is.
With all of this in mind, we can continue to answer the question that we have begun to look at in the last 3 posts of this series: “How do we raise our food standards”? When choosing which foods to put into our mouths; a decision that we are blessed to repeatedly make every day of our lives; we can either be a part of promoting health and wellness within ourselves and the world at large, or we can be participating in the degeneration of our own well-being and the world at large. It’s all about placing value on the small choices that we make every day, and the potential that they have for ultimate good.
Now to get practical. Following are some more ideas about ways that we can eat in a balanced and healthful manner; while endeavoring to act as stewards over the creation:
- Learn About Plants and Gardening
- Become knowledgeable about the best ways to grow an edible garden. There are absolutely superior ways to growing produce, and the more you are able to develop wisdom concerning the best ways to do so, the more enjoyable and easy gardening will become, and the more nutritious and balanced your produce will be.
- Remember that the health of plants, and our health as consumers of those plants, begins with the soil. Become masterful at soil health.
- It is valuable to gain wisdom and knowledge concerning wise practices of growing food, whether we seek to grow the foods ourselves in a harmonious, sustainable manner, or support others doing so by knowledgeably purchasing their products.
- Begin Growing Your Own Produce
- God has truly designed us to be in touch with His earth and the process of growing food (in addition to plants for beauty). We can clearly see that this was God’s intention for mankind when considering the story of creation at the beginning of Genesis.
- If you don’t have a garden of your own, there are many community gardens springing up all over the place. The benefit of this is that, for those of us who are inexperienced, we can learn from others that are also growing their produce there.
- One of the best ways to learn about a plant, and to appreciate its value is to grow it yourself.
- You don’t necessarily need to overwhelm yourself. You can start slow, and introduce more and more kinds of plants each season. Remember that whatever you are growing, you will find the greatest success with a focus on creating excellent soil.
- Go Beyond Organic
- To many people, buying organically is an ideal that they feel is beyond their reach. Yet, eating organically should be only a first step in pursuing health for ourselves, our families and being stewards over the earth.
- Organic foods should be the minimum as far as seeking out to eat in a healthy, balanced and sustainably responsible manner. Conventionally grown foods and their accompanying toxic “cides” (pesticides / herbicides) wreak absolute havoc by creating serious toxicity within own bodies and destroying the ecological balance in the earth’s environments. Many of these chemicals have been proven to be extremely dangerous carcinogens, yet they are still being used all over the globe.
- It is valuable to understand that some organically grown foods are far more balanced than others. Not all organically grown foods are necessarily well “balanced”. It is important to consider the health and balance of the soils in addition to avoiding the toxic chemicals found in conventionally grown farms. Some organic farmers utilize much better soil practices than others; producing foods that are much more balanced and rich with nutrients. Generally the larger scale, more industrialized “organic” farms produce much less nutrient dense produce, and will not be particularly well balanced in their nutritional content. We achieve bodily balance by being nourished well balanced foods.
- To make purchasing the best foods from the best sources in the world possible affordable; we can combine growing our own food with purchasing. This way we will save money by having our own edible garden, and thereby freeing up some funds to buy better foods.
- Seek Out Micronutrient Rich Foods
- When deciding what to eat, we need to consider the micronutrient content, rather than just focusing on the macronutrients (carbs, proteins, fats) which has become the focus of many health advocates and dieticians.
- Deficiencies in micronutrients have been identified as primary causes of all forms of illnesses and disease; which should cause us to put much more attention on this aspect of food choices.
- Nutrient dense foods (also known as “superfoods”) are foods that have a rich array of vitamins and minerals and other health giving substances that are in balance with the macronutrients in the food; allowing for healthful utilization of the food within our body. For example; most available large-scale grown fruits that are flown in from distant places have a significant amount of sugars and very little micronutrients as a result of both not being allowed to ripen on the tree; as well as other flawed farming practices. This renders the produce “imbalanced”; which has been found to create bodily imbalances and stress; along with feeding pathogenic microorganisms found in the human digestive tract.
- Eat Whole Foods
- Perhaps this will be an obvious point for many of us, especially after considering all of the above information; but it is of imperative importance to note that the highly processed, boxed foods we find lining the shelves of groceries stores are disastrous to our health. Most are devoid of almost all nutritional value and at the same time full of toxic substances that undoubtedly push us in the direction of ill health.
- Freshly preparing foods from whole ingredients is something that we need to prioritize as part of our daily lives; and it is fundamentally important for us instill this in our children, if we truly desire for our families and the next generation to step into optimum health. By so doing, we are blessed to beautifully glorify our God in walking in wisdom, according to His ways; while rejecting the ill-advised ways of modern culture.
It is my hope that the information I am sharing here is of value and service to you, the reader. And, this series is not over yet! We’ll continue looking at this topic in part 5 of “Raising Our Food Standards”.
- Check out the RUAS Resource Page to find out where you can purchase high quality superfoods and herbs for your health.
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