Monday, December 6, 2010

A slow cooked life

It's gotten chilly in my little corner of the world. In Texas you never know what kind of weather you're going to get. But the low temperatures are becoming lower and lower each day. That only means one thing in my family... it's time for soup!

My family is very particular about their soup and not just any kind will do. If the soup isn't hearty and full of meat, I can forget about bringing it to the table. There are few exceptions to this rule! So when I gathered the ingredients for my Chicken Tortilla Soup yesterday, my family was thrilled.

I grabbed my trusty 3 qt slow cooker and got to work. As I rinsed, chopped and sautéed my mind started to wander a bit. It's amazing how I can throw a combination of raw ingredients into the slow cooker and a few hours later it becomes a tasty meal.

It's just like what God does in our lives. He tosses in a mixture of talents, skills and abilities that he knows will develop over time. He adds weaknesses and trials so the mixture is not over powering. God then sprinkles in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control to season our lives. The ingredients He uses are unique for each person. They are put in raw and develop over time.

I learned early not to take the lid off of the crock pot except if you're draining, straining or turning meat over. Every time you take the lid off, you lose about half an hour of your cooking time. You actually undo what you've been doing. I think our lives are that way too. Every time we take our 'lid' off to do something our way, we loose just a little bit of what God's been working on. Just like the expression “Three steps forward and two steps back”, we have to keep regaining ground God has already conquered for us. We have to resist the temptation to pull off the lid and start mixing things up.

In time the raw ingredients become something wonderful. Just as the aroma of the soup fills the house, the aroma of God's work in us is evident to others. I love to ladle out the soup and see my family's reaction to what they receive, they are always so excited and thankful! When the time is right, God will begin to pour us out so we can fill other people too. While they will definitely appreciate what you give them, perhaps you'll find that you are the one most thankful for your slow cooked life...

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 1:4

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