Rubbery turkey. Doughy rolls.
That’s what we get when we try to push our blessings faster than what God has in mind. It’s what happens when we get tired of waiting on God, and we try to do things in our own strength.
With the holiday season upon us, my thoughts veer to food and family and food. It’s the time of year when eating carbs and various desserts are acceptable in God’s sight.
When you put food in the microwave, it’s been said that all the nutrients are zapped. We eat vegetables for their nutritional content – the vitamins and minerals to keep our bodies functioning at peak performance. That’s like eating vegetables for no reason – there is no value.
This is not to say that we care about the nutritional content on the day after Thanksgiving or Christmas. The microwave is perfectly fine.
Just as God is fully capable of a quick blessing. He has come through in a clutch situation many a time. Hey God, I need… Okay, DONE.
Meet for God’s Glory
But for the original holiday dinner, there are some things (people) that first need that cleaning, then the seasoning and marinating, the oven on a low temperature, then the slow-roast, and/or the slow cooker. Some things need to have all the ingredients cut, peeled, grated and mixed together – and then baked. And all of this happens long before the table is spread and grace is said.
The final result? Oven-roasted turkey where the meat is juicy. A roast that is tender and flavored just right. Mac and cheese with a golden brown topping. Greens that sing the blues. Pies that call your name. And cakes for breakfast.
But, in order to have it come out the best way possible, we have to allow the cook to clean, prepare, and bake/fry/roast everything in its proper time at the right temperature. We have to allow the cook to cook. We cannot speed up the process. Or we won’t like the outcome quite so much.
Are you in the kitchen, in the way, trying to tell The Cook (God) how to “prepare” you?
How effective will you be in your purpose unclean, unchopped, untried, and cooked on high heat to a burnt crisp? Will you be successful mixed and seasoned with the wrong people? How can we glorify God without Him first straining the pride, envy, bitterness, or unforgiveness from our hearts?
SO, WHAT’S THE PLAY CALL?
In order to have our blessings be what God intends them to be, move out of the way and let God cook it up God’s way. God needs us to let Himknead us. We can’t out cook God – waiting on God is our best option. Get ready to be your best YOU in the Master Chef’s capable hands.
Originally featured on Team Jesus Magazine on November 23, 2016.