I fasted last Wednesday from sun-up to sun-down. It was a good day, even if we did have staff lunch at Chick-fil-A and I had to settle for a bottle of water and the sweet smells of chicken fried in peanut oil. But the thing that hit me while I was going without food was the availability of food. I know this isn’t a problem for everybody in our world, even our own nation, but for the majority of people I know, food is not a scarcity. We may not have al the food we want, but our pantries and refrigerators have plenty to offer. I sat in one of my favorite restaurants and all I have to do is pull out my phone, open an app, hit a few buttons and food will be delivered to my table. There were plenty of gas stations I could stop at and gather enough change from my car to get a candy bar and a Coke. I’m sure if I checked all the pockets of my clothes, I’m sure to find a few old mints or cough drops. I’m sure we throw away enough food each day that would feed us for another day. The idea that kept presenting itself to me was, there is food everywhere, but I am making a choice not to access it. Then the lightbulb went off. As much is that is true for food, how much more is it with God. God is everywhere, completely accessible. There is no need to rummage through my pockets or hunt for spare change, He’s there. And while I don’t think any of us would say we are making a conscious decision to say no to Him, it’s not like we are constantly connected to Him either. So my prayer this week, as my body reminds me that there is food all around me, is that I would be aware of God and my access to a relationship with Him wherever I go.

Jeff Palk