Have you ever put a pan in the oven, when it’s turned off, just to get it out of the way?
Then, your spouse, or you, will say, “Where’s the pan?” And you ask that after you’ve turned the oven on and forgotten the pan was in there.
Or someone in the family will ask, “When is dinner ready?” The answer: “In a little while. It’s in the oven!” Or “When will the cookies be ready?” The response: “In a few minutes. They’re almost ready!”
If some yummy food we love is in the oven, especially a comfort food, it’s sometimes difficult to bear the aroma and wait for it to be finished, isn’t it? How about the mouth-watering fragrance of a turkey baking? Or chocolate chip cookies?
And the aroma of bread baking is sooo tantalizing. (There’s a big mouse in our house that has a hard time waiting and not nibbling on the dilly bread I sometimes bake.)
Just thinking about all this makes me drool!
But there is one drawback to it all: we…have…to…wait!
The other day, I read a verse that I know I’ve read a bazillion times. But this time was different. I think I gave myself a headache from the hardest headslap ever!
See if you catch it…
“Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” (Matt. 6:30 NKJV)
TOMORROW IS IN THE OVEN!!!
Yeah, I know it means the day passes away as the grass and is thrown into the oven. But it also struck me that our hope for tomorrow is also in the oven. Not as cast away but as baking for a future time. Now, it is rising. Soon, it will appear.
Just four verses after the oven verse, Jesus said, “So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time… One day’s trouble is enough for one day.” (Matt. 6:34 TLB, Matt. 6:34b Phillips)
I love The Message version, “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”
That’s it in a nutshell, isn’t it? God’s got it. It’s in His oven of tomorrow.
Whatever our hope is for something, God is working on it. As long as we are aligned with His will. If not, we’ll miss everything God has in store for us tomorrow if we’re out of His will today.
God is the best Baker. He knows just the right ingredients to use and in the appropriate amounts. He never burns one of His creations and He always knows just when to take it out of the oven for the best results.
If you ever question God’s timetable, asking Him when, He might say, “In a little while. It’s in the oven!”
Therefore, have a wait-for-it attitude. Hang onto your hope; it’s baking and almost ready.
Just remember, don’t keep opening the oven door and trying to peek into the future. And don’t try to stick your worries into the oven. There’s just enough room for God’s plan. He will bring your hope to fruition. Wait for it to finish!
Hope…it’s in the oven of tomorrow.
Blessings of hope to you…Lynn