It’s the silly things God can use to teach you. Like, um…a microwave oven? I use my microwave multiple times a day. It’s fast and requires minimal work. I dig speed! My faith can be like that silly microwave…punch it, zap it and heat it up fast! I want God to answer my prayer requests FAST & I want character in 30 seconds! It’s HARD to wait. I want powerful faith in less time that it takes to make my popcorn.
But, biblically, God seems to use a slower pace more often than not. He uses it to mature, to deepen, and to refine.
If I step back from chaos & activity, I realize I want that. I want to hear Him, have time to think deeply on what He’s revealed, and to relish in His love for me.
Not microwave faith Lord? Ok. What then? Not that opposite-of-who-I-am machine that I never use?! That old school way of expressing my domestic (read: food) love for my people?!
THE DREADED CROCK POT.
This thing is not my speciality. Cooking with a Crock Pot takes forethought, planning, and even time. I don’t even speak this language! Why do people use this thing? Because the food tastes better than microwave food. It’s rich, moist, and flavorful. I get it , Lord. You want to do something new in me. You challenge me to simmer, not nuke. You want depth in me. Flavor that comes from the Cook.
Apparently, a Crock Pot makes good food. Why? It has to cook SLOWLY to be really good.
God kindly shows me things in me that need to change, but mostly how much He loves me. My favorite thing is that He is increasing my level of thankfulness for everything..especially Him. “Promised Land Living” by J. Oswald Sanders is about the book of Joshua. In it, Sanders uses one of my favorite phrases “the Realized Presence of God.”. To experience the “realized Presence”, I have to stop & receive . I have to be quiet to hear Him and go slower to experience His peace. This is no 30 second experience.
Lord, free me from speed and the immaturity of instant gratification. Deepen my faith and increase your Aroma of Grace through me.
Now, time for dinner.
Tristie Fisher, 2014