When we saw Dad coming down our steep driveway, we’d bellow the alert to mom who knew she had just enough time to make biscuits. She’d pull them out of the oven piping hot by the time Dad changed from work boots into his “house-slippers”. Biscuits were a staple every evening and I would eat one with my meal and one as my dessert. They were especially good drenched in butter and eaten with cherry Kool-Aid. Mom knew after working hard in the woods all day, Dad would be hungry and she took care of him as he took care of us. He didn’t have much opportunity to get hangry.
Hangry is describing someone who is hungry for food and likely to be “emotional” and as far as we can tell, men catch it way worse than women. I’ve seen men not in their right mind transform simply with the eating of a slice of pizza…Some even go plumb crazy! I’m not talking about any of the men in my family of course, or any man who happens to be reading this, but hangry is a real affliction and should be avoided whenever possible.
I hope I’m not biting off more than I can chew when I say not only is it real, but it’s also biblical! If you’ve ever wondered if Jesus, the Son of God was also fully man, consider Mark 11: 12-25 “The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry…” This sets up the scene perfectly. We see him go to a fig tree hoping to find fruit even though it was not the season for figs, and when he found none, he cursed the tree so it withered and died. And most likely he was still hungry (and justifiably emotional) when he soon after began clearing the temple from the sinful commercialism defiling His Father’s house.
One of the hangriest men ever was Esau. (Genesis 25:29-34) His brother Jacob was so talented he could have had his own cooking show. On this particular day the feature dish was lentil stew and when Esau came in from the field exhausted and hangry, he actually traded his birthright, an honor bestowed to the eldest son, for some of it to eat!
And 1 Samuel 25 gives us an example of a brave woman who understood the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. After David and his men had protected Nabal’s property during the big sheep shearing event, they were hungry and asked him for some food, a reasonable courtesy and compensation for their service, but foolish Nabal denied and disrespected David. Humiliation plus hunger was not a good combination so David became “emotional” and vowed to kill all the men in Nabal’s care. That’s when Abigail, Nabal’s smart and beautiful wife, quickly took action, took a risk, and took food, which calmed David, removed the threat and redirected his thoughts back to his godly mission.
While we all hunger for physical nourishment, man cannot live by bread alone. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied.” Psalm 37:4-5 To satisfy this kind of hunger, we need The Bread of Life.
And speaking of bread, I’ll share the biscuit recipe that still puts a smile on my dad’s face. Sift 2 cups of self-rising flour into a bowl. Add ¼ cup vegetable oil and enough milk to make the dough barely firm enough to work with. (Don’t over stir.) Dump dough onto flour covered surface. Don’t knead the dough or biscuits will be dense. Dust with flour and roll out until dough is about ½ inch thick. Cut out biscuits with floured glass rim or biscuit cutter. Place biscuit into well-oiled pan and turn over once. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Bon Appetit!
Janet Cowger- Fliegel