I am the pickiest eater in the whole world. My diet consisted of hot dogs, spaghetti and breakfast burritos. People told me all the time I was missing out on life, but I felt content with my choice to continue eating these extremely healthy food choices. (Note the sarcasm)
It wasn’t until I got married and for our wedding we received every type of kitchen tool you could ever think of that I began to realize that there might be more out there. I began to realize this was going to be difficult and getting over the powerful feminist in me and finding myself apron-wearing and face covered in powder seemed a little dull and so cliché. As my marriage progressed I realized being able to cook a good meal was about more than pleasing my husband, it was important to our relationship and to God.
I have a lot of friends who really love to cook and I had them come over and help me learn. This is was a great asset to my marriage and while I can’t say I am an all American chef, I can tell you that hot dogs haven’t been on the menu in a good solid six months.
So why is this important? I believe that as a wife God calls us to take care of our husbands. We must submit to our husbands the same way that Jesus submitted himself. Does this always mean wearing Leave it to Beaver pearls and making sure dinner is on the table at 6pm? Not always, but sometimes. For me this was never going to be something I did, I was way to progressive for this. But as I learned more about Jesus I learned more about how I need to act for my husband and it can be defined in one word, sacrifice.
Food is a simple and important way to show Jesus’ love for his people. With my husband, for my grieving friend, and even for the lost student attending the youth event for the first time. When tragedy struck our house recently a friend brought over dinner for my husband and me. It felt like the most caring and beautiful way to tell me there is love in the world and it steams from the love of Jesus on the cross. Is food the only way to show someone you love them, no, but it is something we all need and it is something we can share with others to help reach God’s people for his kingdom.
Kaylee lives and works in Denver, CO with her wonderful husband Patrick and their dog Denver. She is currently pursuing a degree in photography at the University of Colorado Denver, where she is famous for her impeccable taste in scarves and cardigans. Kaylee uses her gifts in film and photography to create “makes your eyes dance” powerpoint slides for her campus ministry. Kaylee is a formal member of the Geek Squad Target, where she is a beast at explaining technology to old people. In her spare time, Kaylee likes to disciple girls and kill zombies.
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