Last week our Sunday conversation centered around two questions:
- What is your favorite ‘special’ meal for big occasions?
- What is your most common meal in a month?
I loved the enthusiasm of the answers and the passion around food. It plays such an important role in our life.
I then asked if anyone’s favorite meal was ‘leftovers’. It was not.
Leftovers are one of those things that get taken for granted. Leftovers fall into one of those categories about which I say:
“This is a 1st world problem … but it is still a problem.”
I know that leftovers are rarely inspiring or exciting … but they are a gift.
Leftovers say “there is more than enough”.
There is more than enough. That is the amazing part of life in the 21st century. If you have leftovers – you have been graced by a gift.
There seems to be something significant about leftovers in the Bible as well.
Every time Jesus has anything to do with meals, there is an abundance. This is especially true in the multiplication narratives of loaves and fishes.
It is an odd echo of a story from the Hebrew Testament where God provides manna for the people -but the opposite! They are to collect only what they need and if they try to preserve more overnight it will spoil. “Take only what you need and only enough for today” so that there were no leftovers.
My encouragement to you this week is try a new discipline: be overly aware of leftover – either think of who you might share them with or give double thanks for them when you get to enjoy them that second time.