The time was around 3:30am on Thursday, and I was hungry. I don’t usually wake up at 3:30, and I don’t usually feel hungry very often at all, even during the day. I eat on a pretty steady schedule, and I usually eat enough protein and complex carbs to keep me full for a while. While this was the first time I woke up in the middle of the night hungry, it wasn’t the first time I felt a stronger hunger than normal in the last few weeks.
Still, I was puzzled.
The only thing I can figure is that a more regular exercise routine (running several times a week as opposed to only when chased or playing with small children) has increased my metabolism, and my body is now informing me of a greater need for sustenance.
As I ran this morning, I realized that the same thing is true spiritually. When I am regularly “eating” God’s Word by reading it, meditating on it, praying it, and living it, I long for more. My hunger signals that my spiritual metabolism is increasing, and my desire grows. The less I learn it and live it, the less I feel my need.
I’ve started eating more and more often (in part to prevent the mindless-eating-anything-because-I’m-“starving” response). May my desire for the truth of God ever increase, too!