Is your bread rising?
I have a bread recipe I make in the winter, mainly at Christmastime. It’s called Dilly Bread. And oh, does the house smell gooood when it’s baking.
It’s one of those things you don’t want to make too often so it doesn’t lose its specialness.
It takes around three hours to put in all the ingredients, let it quietly rise twice tucked away in the oven, and then bake it.
About the time it should be finished, I check it. The outside may appear baked to perfection but I have to test it with a toothpick. If I take it out too soon, it will be raw in the center. It might look good but it will produce a terrible result.
But oooh, the drooling taste buds and happy faces the aroma incites when it’s ready to come out of the oven.
And so it goes with our prayers.
Have you ever prayed and asked God for something over some length of time maybe for provisions, finances, job, or some other plight?
And though your prayer is pressing, it feels as though you’re under a trampoline while your prayer just bounces up and down on you.
But you receive nothing but silence. It feels as though God’s not home. Or His line is busy. You know Scripture says God hears you and you know you are to wait on Him but He’s silent. But you need to hear from Him.
God is answering, my friend! In order to fulfill your request, it’s like baking bread. God must work out all the elements that go into the right answer for you.
It’s something like this…
God must first plow the field, which means He has to pull up the weeds, remove the stones, dig out the stumps, then till the dirt, plant the seeds, water the ground, shine the sun, and wait for the seeds to grow.
Then, He must harvest it, thresh it, grind it, bring it home, get out His recipe, put in the ingredients, and wait for it to rise.
Then, it goes into the oven. And to make sure it’s done to perfection, He must test it.
Finally, it comes out. And, oh, there is that wonderful aroma. Your nose begins to sniff the slightest hint of bread baking.
And your mouth begins to water and you can almost taste the answer to your prayer. The buzzer rings and God finally pulls it out of His answer oven and slices up for you the biggest, most beautiful, best smelling, best tasting slice of heaven’s bakery you could ever imagine.
And all the while He is silent in His work.
In other words, God has a lot of elements that He needs to work out our prayers to make them perfect. The thing is, since we can’t see what He is doing, we think He isn’t answering. We can’t peer inside heaven and see what He’s up to.
Sometimes our answer affects many others so it takes time and God must follow the recipe to ensure the proper ingredients are used, the proper rising time takes place, and the proper baking time is essential for the proper loaf.
If it’s pulled out of His oven too early, it will be ruined. Therefore, a perfect loaf of result may take years of rising before you can smell the aroma of it baking!
God may be silent but be assured. He is working on your answer.
Your bread is rising.
May you soon smell the blessings of your answer baking…Lynn