We are all familiar with the list of typical comfort foods: macaroni and cheese, pizza, burgers, fries, chocolate cake, chocolate pie, chocolate ice cream…well, those last few might just be on my list.
We eat comfort food for…comfort. When we are feeling sad or troubled and want a hug through the tummy, we turn to our comfort food.
Comfort food is a hug from the tummy. Tweet that!
We even eat it when we are happy and want to celebrate, and our comfort food feels like a longtime friend who is celebrating with us.
Other things, though, bring us comfort like old shows that evoke warm, fuzzy memories. One of my favorite memories is of Saturday mornings watching cartoons, and not on cable but on a normal station. And not just any cartoon, but…Scooby-Doo.
There are a few cartoons that would fit on my list of favorites, but Scooby-Doo tops all of them. I always wanted to be one of those “meddling kids” who drove the groovy Mystery Machine and solved mysteries!
We also feel good when true love wins out. Some people lean toward movies like The Notebook or Sleepless in Seattle, and some lean toward Indiana Jones or The Princess Bride (cough, cough, me!), or even The Muppets with the endless love story between Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.
But what?! They are no longer together? I read this story this morning because I was excited to see The Muppets – another childhood favorite – making a reappearance, but not only have Kermit and Miss Piggy broken up, Kermit has a new girlfriend! Say it ain’t so, Kermie!
This is so sad, but Isaiah 41:10 says, in part, “…do not be dismayed, for I…will strengthen you, I will help you…” This is true. All of these things exist to help us get through trying times. And while comfort food alone might not do it, watching the Scooby team solve a mystery while eating a piece (or two) of chocolate pie should help me through this dark time. Then Westley and Buttercup, their “twue wuv”, and some chocolate cake can help me feel better tomorrow…
Which do you prefer when you need comfort? Your favorite food, television show, a feel good movie, or something else? Share in the comments and see how many others do the same thing!
Becky is a single mom navigating her own groovy trails. She considers herself a “real” Christian…which means she believes in Jesus Christ, she is imperfect like everybody else on the planet (only God is perfect), and she tries not to judge others. Unless the waist of their pants is at their butt cheeks; then she thinks they should pull those puppies up. Or somebody says she eats too much chocolate; then she just can’t be friends with them any longer. Join her to discover how your plans and God’s plans come together in this life full of Groovy Trails!