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Topic: Outlandish (05/19/11)
TITLE: Dinner in Under Thirty Minutes
By Wilma Schlegel
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They tasted green, green sort of like the smell of a snapped living twig, but mildly meaty too. Sometimes there was a little bit of a bitter zing, but not always. And of course there was the accompanying crunch. When he bit down on that exoskeleton it had a not at all unpleasant crunchiness surrounding the soft insides.
When he realized he was hungry he’d absently reach into his pouch. He usually carried plenty - sometimes roasted, sometimes not. He’d twist the head off if he hadn’t already and pop them into his mouth, one after another.
Quick, efficient, pretty much mindlessly easy - that’s what his mission and lifestyle demanded. In fact, if asked to describe the flavor or any part of his food preparation, he wasn’t sure he could. He hardly noticed it anymore. The whole thing was so automatic and so unimportant to him. He didn’t do it for attention or any kind of dramatic effect - how absurd. Truly, he ate to live, not the other way around, and certainly he didn’t worry about what to eat - or wear (but let’s leave his clothes for another story).
He had little time to procure or prepare food. He had mountains and valleys to level, rough places to make smooth, a glorious road to make straight. He had announcements to make. The Messiah was come and it was his honor to introduce this greatness, this miracle, this wonder! This was the only shot that all humankind had at eternal peace, joy, salvation.
What was food to him when the Lord had given him this mission? Never would he stop until his job was done. Who in his right mind, he’d have wondered, would put the fleeting pleasure of food before the lasting satisfaction of serving the Lord?
“For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine and you say, ‘he has a demon!’ The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard! A friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by all her children.” Luke 7:33-35, (New American Standard translation)
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