Linda Pressman had an interesting comment on Chris's blog (A Deliberate Life) that made me think. She talked about being in an OA meeting where someone shared that she had called her sponsor because she was tempted to eat cake - a trigger food. Her sponsor told her to go ahead and eat it but pray to it first because it had become her Higher Power, not God. She didn't eat the cake.
Praying to food is an interesting concept. This would make food something worthy of worship or something that could grant something that is prayed for. Perhaps that's why this gal didn't eat the cake - there was nothing worthy of being worshiped there. How often have we symbolically prayed to food for relief from boredom, loneliness, anger, tiredness, or a myriad of other things? Isn't that what we are really doing? Praying for deliverance through eating?
How has such faulty reasoning served us? Why do we keep repeating the prayer only to have food give us a different outcome than what we wanted? Have you ever heard food described as "divine"? We talk about food like it provides some euphoric, orgasmic, transcendental experience as we roll our eyes and give the impression of all these wonderful qualities of some dish of food.
We need to get a grip, don't you think?