“Together, Jesus and I can make today a beautiful masterpiece full of uniqueness, grace, and love.”
In our house we enjoy cooking, the creation and enjoyment of a home made meal. Last night on the menu were two new recipes and I was excited to try them out, it was a main course & then a potato dish. Couple of things about me. One – the first time I make something I tend to try and follow the recipe to the letter & then the next time around will improvise. I don’t know what to expect and am not a huge risk taker (I am a bit of a rule follower). The other big thing is that I can get frustrated when things don’t go as I have planned in my mind, sometimes I can go with the flow easily and other times – well lets say its an exercise in grace & patience with myself. Last night I found myself somewhere in between.
The potatoes did not want to cooperate. I didn’t have exactly the same kind – I had red & the recipe called for new. Our potato masher has round holes in it so when we smashed the potatoes they were falling apart. It was time to improvise, I could sense I was getting frustrated at the situation. To improvise required pausing, looking at the photo & re-reading what was written and deciding to execute an idea that ended up with the same idea. I ended up cutting them and slight smashing them and then following the seasoning, etc.
Lately I am finding myself processing and my mind slowing the most when I am in the kitchen cooking. The kitchen is peaceful. The process of cooking a meal is a project that starts and stops; one can have a sense of accomplishment. I think its also that after a meal is cooked we sit down and share the meal together. Community. Family. Connection.
I am in a season right now where I have time to reflect more. Its a great season of being there for the boys, for my husband. I am loving the time for relationship. I am afforded the opportunity to work on projects that have been put on the back burner. Its a time of rest. A time of quiet. A time to dream. A time to learn.
This morning in my morning quiet time I read Psalm 23 and was reminded that I lack nothing because I follow Jesus. I am made to “lie down in green pastures” v2 (but I don’t rest well……I am in a season where I need to trust and rest). I am “led beside the quiet waters”v3 (God knows the reason I am not in the waters but beside them.) The big take away though was some research I did into the rod & staff (verse 4). The verse goes “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (NIV) I always thought of them as interchangeable words. Reading the verse today about how they comfort me, I was curious. What is the difference. With a quick perusal of the Internet I realized that one is a weapon, a source of protection (the rod) and the staff was for guiding. Understanding a bit better the words helped me to find great comfort in that no matter the valley or mountain, no matter how dark or joyful, no matter how I hurt – God is right there, right here with me.
Last night with the new recipe adventure really boils down to a deep struggle of trusting that Jesus knows what He is doing in this season. It boiled out with the hiccup in the recipe. It didn’t go perfect, what was in my “control” (gasp) did not quite go as I had planned. It wasn’t “perfect” yet it stretched me to improvise. I am called in my life to improvise, to walk off “my script”, the script I have written on how things should go. At times it is in something simple like a recipe for dinner. Other times it is in my response to a situation that I find myself in; in those times my source of direction & creativity is Jesus. Its not me. His recipe – follow me; trust me; seek me with all your heart; don’t deviate from that; love me with all your heart and all your mind. Now that you are doing that – today’s adventure awaits you. Make sure you don’t let what seems like imperfections and hiccups disrupt what I have planned. We are going to go thru a day of improvising and deviations from what you planned out; let ME be in charge. Together we can make today a beautiful masterpiece full of uniqueness, grace, and love.
My uniqueness shows God’s character & creativity. When life does not go as I have planned, it is an awesome opportunity to learn and grow. A reminder that its the journey I am on with Jesus that matters more than how perfectly some specific event on the time line of life occurs.
Did dinner turn out last night? Absolutely. It tasted good too! The icing on the cake, and what mattered more, was the opportunity to work alongside my husband in the kitchen, memories made, time together, and share a meal together.
Today…..learning to follow, listen and obey; trusting in the ONE who loves me and HE loves you too.
Scripture quotations taken from the The Holy Bible, New International Version
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