|By kmkendall | 23 Sep 2010 ||
The title was bold and big in the newspaper…EAT...PRAY...LOVE. The article began with the following paragraph: The influence of Elizabeth Gilbert's literary travelogue, Eat Pray Love, now a movie starring Julia Roberts, continues to spread. It's impacting fall home décor by increasing sales of imports as home accents, according to local designers and national trend reports.
Out of curiosity I looked at the back cover of the book online and read a few reviews and found out that Elizabeth Gilbert had had a broken heart and had fallen into a dark place personally. So, she went on a search for God by visiting three places to try to find her heart again. She thought she might find God through eating and enjoying simple pleasures in Italy (EAT). Then she traveled to India to try to practice spiritual devotion (PRAY) and after that she was in Indonesia to try to find overall life balance with love (LOVE).
As I thought about Gilbert's search, my mind began thinking about scriptures that do indeed teach us to EAT...PRAY...LOVE. But how are we instructed by the one and only God?
In Psalm 81:10 the LORD says that He had told His people to open their mouths wide and then He would fill them. The LORD was the one that wanted to fill them. And Jesus tells us that we can't live by bread alone, but we must live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Many down through the ages have discovered the joy of this truth. Remind yourself of the testimony of Job: I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food. Picture the scene with Jeremiah as described in Jeremiah 1:9: Then the LORD stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me, "Behold, I have put My words in your mouth." The touch was meant to inspire and empower.