God speaks to us through many different things, events, and people. Today I had the opportunity to visit my Grandpa Fedor through whom God spoke to me clearly opening my heart up to be sweetly broken. Grandpa was born in the year 1932 in Siberia. Growing up, Grandpa didn’t have much. Seems like a cliche thing that you hear coming from the older generation, but it really is true. He lost his father at the age of five, leaving him with his mother. Shoes were made from the skins of animals, and honestly, the way Grandpa described them, these days we would mistaken them for socks. All clothes was hand made by his mom so in reality, he barely had any clothing. The clothes he did have were thin and made literally from whatever products they could grow outside such as cotton. Hearing this, my heart began to break and I realized I need to be more thankful for what I have and for the many blessings in my life. But, it wasn’t until Grandpa began to speak about food that my heart completely broke. He spoke of the freezing cold winters during which potatoes were the main and pretty much only food element. Yet, it’s not the poorness of the potatoes that got me, it’s the way they found the potatoes. Grandpa would go outside and in negative degree weather, with his sock like shoes on his feet, and dig through six feet of snow just to find a couple potatoes. Just think, I feel like I’m frozen and can’t move when it’s only 32 degrees F while I’m wearing five or so layers of clothing and warm fuzzy boots. The process people went through those days to get just enough food to survive seems crazy! Once spring time came along, grass became the main meal for the people. Grandpa said he knew every single lil’ green thing that grew in his village, what was okay to eat and what was deadly. Grandpa said they dreamed of finding some kind of nice grass just as now days I dream of ice cream in the middle of winter, go figure. Bread was never ever a part of Grandpa’s diet and meat came in very little amounts. Actually, the only meat Grandpa ate during this time came from horses, cows, and dogs that were dead before they were even considered for food, meaning, they were found dead. That just seems ridiculously scary and sad now a days.
Food is an essential part of living on this earth for every human being. To this day, there are places on this planet people go above and beyond trying to find just the amount of food to get them to survive yet another day. Grandpa is just one example of many others. As believers, we often refer to the Bible as our “Daily Bread” in our Spiritual food category. But do we actually read (eat) it daily? When being tempted by the Devil in the desert Jesus said, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” -Matthew 4:4 In this verse, one can see that we can go without earthly food for a bit, but the Word of God is needed in our lives to keep us Spiritually healthy everyday. Yet, do we go above and beyond to make that happen? We often choose to skip a “Bible Meal” and go do something else. As Christians, we were created to NEED Jesus everyday. “Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life.’ ” – John 6:35a Just as we were created to eat food to keep our earthly bodies functioning, we were created to crave Jesus. We need to go above and beyond in putting Him first in our lives. We need Him as we need food every day. It’s that simple. So, how far will you go this day to place a “Bible Meal” as first priority in your life?