Variations on a Theme of Yoghurt and Granola and Stewed Fruit
Made a £2 bag of oatbran granola and various discount tubs of creamy yoghurt last the rest of summer and into early autumn here in London. Stewed fruit – strawberries, figs, and other bargain bin perishables, were lovely accompaniments.
This breakfast of champions managed to tide me through to mid-morning for the first few weeks, but now that the temperature has been hovering in the low single digits, this set-up hasn’t had quite as much mileage.
More important than the first physical meal of the day: the first spiritual meal of the day. Have been learning from the example of various people the great need to start the day listening to God speak through his word in the Bible and speaking to him in prayer. “Quiet time” isn’t a biblical requirement, but (1) we have been saved to have relationship with God, so it is unimaginable that spending time with him isn’t our priority at the start of the day; and (2) the command to meditate on God’s word and to pray is a biblical requirement – rightly so, of course, because we do not know the right way to live except through what God has revealed to us, and we do not live rightly on our strength but on God’s strength.
Said an 82-year old man, smiling knowingly, as he handed me a copy of the November chapter of J.C. Ryle’s daily devotionals,”You don’t go to work in your pyjamas, I don’t see how you can leave the house without reading the Bible and talking to God.”