There is a psychological disorder called “pica.” Briefly it is described as a disorder where a person persistently engages in the ingestion of non-nutritive substances. It can be just about anything, I suppose, from dirt to fecal material or whatever. You probably get the idea.

Although perhaps more difficult to diagnose, I think there might be such a disorder as “spiritual pica.” The taking in of non-nutritive substances for the soul. The heart. Sometimes we may intentionally take such things in. Other times we may just kind of settle for less-than soul nutrients, believing that there is  just not anything better out there. Or if it is, that it isn’t worth the wait.

Sometimes the kids will come home from a long day of school and music and sports practices and be “starving”. Dinner isn’t ready yet, and they just can’t wait. So off to the cupboard for some chips or gummy bears or Oreos or some other form of relatively empty calories. This is not the “pica” thing I’m talking about, but just a reminder of those times when we ask God for bread and then are incredibly impatient. We grab for those things that are less than healthy for us. Those things that will likely not build up strength in us. Quick and easy. That’s what we often reach for. Shallow and transient. That’s what we get.

I don’t think that it’s an issue of what the Father gives to us as sons and daughters that is the problem; it’s more a matter of what we try to ingest, what we settle for in our attempts to calm the hunger pangs in our hearts. Our souls.

“…how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!”  Matthew 7

give a listen to a great worship song by shane everett: “We Are Hungry” available on iTunes

Isaiah 55:2 “Why spend your money on what is not bread?”


~ by fourfeetsixinches on April 15, 2011.

5 Responses to “pica…”

  1. Great metaphor, “spiritual pica.” I’d agree we could all be diagnosed with that. You can add it to the DSM-IV-TR; I’ll add it to the ICD-9-CM right underneath “original” pica. (Actually, stretching it further, I bet we could make whole metaphorical SR & SM versions of those books respectively, with the S for “Spiritual.”)

  2. This one made tears come to my eyes.

  3. …in a good way!

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