Do you trust the cook?
All times of gathering together with relatives and friends to celebrate…and to eat!
Food is prepared. Spread out on the table. Created with the best outcome in mind.
But do you trust the cook?
Of course, you do. You trust that the person who prepared the food did so properly. With no ill intentions. Right? Right.
The cook lovingly prepares the best he or she can cook up for those who will chow down on it and enjoy it.
Each ingredient is added with meticulous attention to detail. Each is pared. Chopped. Sautéed. Cooked. Baked. Simmered. Whatever is necessary.
The cook adds in the ideal ingredients at just the right time. Sometimes adding spices or other ingredients that, if tasted by themselves, might be bitter or sour, spicy or sharp, or even stinging to the palate.
After stirring, mixing, and blending the elements together with great purpose, the cook tastes his mixture and adjusts the flavor. All the while using the right utensil to fit the task and timing it perfectly so as not to rush the process and end up with a mess.
The cook creates it with the best outcome in mind. With lots of TLC, right? Combining it to produce the tastiest, most appealing fare.
But do you trust THE COOK?
Do you trust the One who stirs your life’s ingredients together?
Do you trust the One who combines the good and the bad together, who takes all your heartaches, your broken pieces, your wounds and scars, your tears, your regrets, your sins and failings, and all your attitudes, and who works them together for good?
Every life ingredient is pared, chopped, and simmered, then added with precise measurement. And adjusted. Done with meticulous attention to detail. Stirring it together with great purpose.
And the Lord does it just as Paul said, “We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan.” (Rom. 8:28 Voice)
Each ingredient in our lives may have the most disagreeable taste. But no ingredient is wasted or unusable. The bitter or sour ingredients of depression, grief, suffering, loss, discouragement, lack, or whatever, add their own unique flavor to the simmering pot of life.
But God stirs and stirs with lots of TLC, using the right utensil to fit the task and blending it together until just the right moment, timing it perfectly so as not to rush the process. And then, God says, “It’s finished!” and produces His most appealing fare.
Oh, trust the Lord to stir your life with His great purpose! Knowing He cares about every little element of your life. He may be stirring things up in your life, but just know He is stirring it together with love and purpose. Creating the best outcome for your good.
Maybe in these times of stirring, we should say to Him, “Stir it up, Lord, and make it good.”
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”
(Ps. 34:8 NKJV)
Blessed is the one who trusts THE COOK!
May you be blessed with the outcome of the Lord’s stirrings in your life…Lynn