What is it with kids and food? Somehow my babies instantly knew that pureed green beans were “yucky” while applesauce was “yummy”–without ever tasting either! They would clamp their little mouths shut and not allow a drop of the scary green stuff to cross their lips, while they gobbled the applesauce down immediately.
As all of my children grew, their palates grew too–very slightly–to include hot dogs and the all-time kid favorite, mac ‘n cheese. I do not know what it is about those squishy noodles and powdered cheese, but kids love it.
As my budding gourmands entered the pre-teen years, they ventured further into the exciting culinary world and added pizza to their favorite foods list. Again, very strange why certain ages favor certain foods, but after five of my children have followed the pattern all the way to the pizza stage I guess there is something to it.
Lest some of you healthy minded people worry, I do provide plenty of protein, veggies, healthy carbs and fruit and only allow these kid-food treats occasionally. I only hope that as my children continue to mature, their food preferences will as well. Although the day my oldest son orders a salad at a restaurant might be the day I have a heart attack!
All of this makes me think of what the writer of Hebrews in the Bible talked about. In chapter 5, verses 11-14 he addresses the fact that the Christians he is writing to have stayed immature in their faith. They have failed to grow and become teachers themselves. He likens their still-basic knowledge of God’s word to babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. If we are following God we need to be constantly growing in our faith and knowledge of the Bible. God has so many wonderful truths He wants to teach us, but He can’t do it if we won’t even read His word.
For many years this was a personal struggle for me. My Bible would literally gather dust on my bedside table, and honestly the inside seemed just as dry and dusty when I would try to read it. I finally prayed and asked God to give me a desire to read His word and also to make it come alive to me, and guess what? He answered my prayer! I began to see such a difference in my life on the days I started by reading something in the Bible, that it just made me want to read every morning. God also brought the Bible to life for me, showing me amazing truths throughout all of it. If this has been an area of struggle for you as well I would encourage you to ask God for help. There are many ways God can speak to us, but there is definitely something unique about how He talks to us through His words in the Bible.
Also, just as my children are slowly developing their palates, God will lead us along from wherever we are in our knowledge of Him to deeper and bigger truths in His word. Before we know it we will put the mac ‘n cheese behind us and be feasting on meat and veggies!
“We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish between good from evil.” Hebrews 5:11-14