Julia Child said, “The people who love to eat are always the best people.” I resemble that remark, and I am so grateful that my people group loves to eat! Food provides such great opportunities for sharing life and sharing Jesus Christ.
Recently, A’s children asked me to treat them to a Mexican meal – they had seen tacos on TV and wanted to eat some; so M and I spent an entire day cooking and running errands together. While we were out shopping, M took me for a walk down a street on which I had only driven but never explored – she took me into her favorite shops and introduced me to people in the shops – in our work, we call M a person of peace – she makes it easy and acceptable for me to be in her community.
Later, after the kids had savored their tacos, M’s sister, E, dropped by for a visit. M and her sisters are in difficult marriages, and M and I had already been talking about her situation throughout the day. When E arrived, she began pouring out her grievances to me – then she abruptly stopped and asked me, “What should I do?” After breathing a quick prayer for wisdom, I shared with her what I believe about the corruption of the heart and how Jesus changes such hearts. E listened intently, and I do believe Father is working in her life – as a matter of fact, she has been reading the Bible that I gave M last month.
Julia Child also said, “Cooking is like love; it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” After 9 hours of shopping, cooking, eating, and talking (that sounds a little like abandon to me), a few tacos and a lot of love provided an introduction to more friends and an opportunity to share the life-changing message of the Gospel.