I find pop tarts to be quite an interesting food to consume. Honestly I’ve maybe had a total of 6 toaster pastries in my lifetime. And here I am, right now eating one on that list. A few weeks ago I saw a box of pretty princess pop tarts on sale at the grocery store and so I picked a box up for my roommate. They happen to be “Jewel Berry” pop tarts with a wild berry filling. I notice that they contain enriched wheat flour,(ooh healthy?) and in the “less than 2%” section of the ingredients list, there are dried strawberries, apples, and pears. Therefore because they contain nutritional value that is necessary for life, and because they go in a toaster, (we all know that if it can be put in a toaster, it probably is healthy) they all of a sudden become a suitable breakfast for, in this case, little girls.
Now understand, If you love pop tarts, that’s fine. Now if you live off of the things, we should probably get together and talk about how Dark chocolate could be an even better alternative.(my personal favorite?)
You wonder why I’m taking so much of my time thinking about pop tarts.
Well you see, as I was eating the pop tart a minute ago, I began to wonder how often we consume life in the same unhealthy way we consume food.
Pop tarts are a quick and really, not a very healthy way to get energy. But a minute ago I was craving sugar and I ran out of the dark chocolate, so instead of drinking water and having tea, I had a pop tart- I don’t really even like them.
SO often I long for love and meaning in life, and because I don’t see any easy answer to either, I often try to satisfy my self and my longings with temporal things; Like shopping, or food or business or philosophy, or more knowledge or, whatever…or even I run to people or books or music or beauty or the outdoors. Now I ask you? Are any of these things, in and of themselves evil? I would say not. I would say that they could really be viewed as gifts to be enjoyed. Many are necessary experiences or pieces of our lives. But just as you can’t live on a pop tart, the soul cannot live off of any of these. Many people have tried. I myself have known the grave disappointment when I’m anticipating more joy from an experience than it is capable of giving me.
Could it be that here I am consuming a “pop tart” while the whole time there is a feast around the corner. But it takes some actual search time and I am too lazy to look.
Here are some words from the book of John. He is talking about Jesus.
In Him was life,
and the life was the light of men.
The light shines in the darkness
and the darkness has not overcome it.
He was in the world,
and the world was made through Him,
yet the world did not know Him.
He came to His own
and even they rejected Him.
These words say that Jesus came and brought life and light.
-(He is who we need and long for)
-Then it says that His people rejected Him.
(are we guilty of the same?)
I do love the following verses-
And I will close on this note.
But to all who believed Him and accepted Him,
He gave the right to become children of God.
They are reborn-not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan,
but a birth that comes from God.