We’re now blessed to look back on another Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. I celebrated all three holidays by doing something that I thoroughly enjoy doing – cooking. I seldom did more than boil water growing up as a very spoiled “only child,” but I’ve learned through the years that cooking can be relaxing, can allow for creativity and can offer the satisfaction of seeing people joyfully gobble up what’s been cooked!
I learned through the years – after considerable initial hesitance and after creating a few early and scary dishes that I wisely and mercifully put in the trash can – that cooking really isn’t that hard to do. All that one has to do is to follow basic recipes, modify them in creative ways to fit your taste, and patiently “tend the pots,” so that you’re cooking doesn’t end up burned or undercooked.
What applies to success in the kitchen also applies to successful living. The Holy Scriptures are “God’s recipe” for our lives – they contain all of the essential ingredients that we need to find hope, joy, strength and peace of mind. Blessings come our way when we go beyond the dubious advice that this world and those in it offer us to “spice up our lives,” follow God’s recipe and prayerfully adapt it to our needs.
We can be blessed when we follow “God’s recipe,” but we also have to be patient and attentive in doing so. All of us sometimes become frustrated and impatient in our relentless desire to get what we want. We all try at times to hurry things along, stray from “God’s recipe,” season our lives in ways that really aren’t good for us and turn up the heat by doing what we think is best – only to end up either burnt out by pain and disappointment or forced to swallow whatever half-baked trouble and aggravation come our way – whether we want to or not.
When we take the time, however, to step back from life’s demands, realize that God is in control of our lives and attentively and patiently follow God’s recipe for success, we’ll have all that we need, we’ll achieve peace of mind and well-being, and we’ll face each day trusting in the Lord and understanding why one Psalmist said, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is Good.”