For a while, I got this idea in my head that dessert was bad, even in small quantities. To a fault, I tend to be extreme and not self-controlled or temperate in my sugar intake, so I swung through extreme to extreme over six years. I went on sugar fasts, and then I would stuff my face with dessert and cereal, hoping that would satisfy my craving for it. It didn’t, and I often used it to make myself feel super guilty.
The point is that food isn’t supposed to fill you. I can’t take refuge in a bowl of ice-cream or a bowl of salad for that matter. Psalm 18:2 says, “The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my mountain where I seek refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. The LORD is my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my God, my stronghold in whom I take refuge, my shield, the glory of my salvation, and my high tower.”
The Lord fills us. He is our rock, the One on which we can depend. He gives us good gifts to remind us of His goodness and His delight in variety, but not to make idols out of them or to abuse them.
If I keep this in mind, I can eat that fro-yo with no guilt. I can eat that salad with appreciation and pop those veggies in with delight because God created it, and He called it ‘good.’
Then maybe when you’re done, you can make funny faces with your friends and thank God that there are friends to laugh with, cry with, and enjoy Him.