You may know someone who struggles with “emotional eating.” I admit at times I do – that and boredom eating! Eating to satisfy an emotional need with a physical substance.
Frederick Buechner (well-known writer and theologian) writes in Wishful Thinking: A Seeker’s ABC:
“A glutton is one who raids the icebox for a cure for spiritual malnutrition.”
Now there is spiritual eating! But maybe I already knew that. Often what I call “emotional eating” is really about my spirit rather than my emotion. Filling a space that life has left and God wants to occupy. Craving peanuts when what I really need is peace.
The line between these things – emotion and spirit – are blurry at best. But they are distinct and worth reflection. It is no coincidence that the same One who said we should pray for “our daily bread” also spoke ” “Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”