Want to make improvements to how you eat? According to one nutritional program, one of the key actions you can take is to eat slowly. Savor your food. When we eat slowly, it gives our bodies time to send us the signal that we’re full. But when we eat food slowly, it increases our enjoyment. We’ll really enjoy each bite. We won’t need to eat as much if we savor what we do eat.
I’ve been working at this for the past few years. I don’t always do it as well as I should, but it’s made a big difference. One thing I’ve noticed: food that I thought tasted good when I gulped it down tastes awful when I eat it slowly. It’s ruined a lot of restaurants for me. When we eat slowly, we’re able to tell the difference between good food and processed junk.
The same applies to our souls.
One of the key tasks in the Christian life is to savor God. “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!” the psalmist says (Psalm 34:8). That’s a command to savor! Isaiah says:
Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
We live in a world that’s in a perpetual rush, one of the things we need most — and one of the most valuable things we offer others — is the ability to slow down and savor God, to really enjoy him. Not only will it improve our souls, but we’ll be able to tell the difference between good spiritual sustenance and bad. Besides, savoring is enjoyable.
Savor God. Enjoy him. It takes time, but it’s way more enjoyable and nourishing than the alternative. It’s what our souls need most. And it’s the best thing we can offer to others.