Moses was on a mountain. I was in the kitchen.
I’ve shared recently that I’m living with my dad right for the time being, taking care of him after my mom’s death. He needs to be a healthier eater, but at 82, really has no interest whatsoever in doing so. I’m sure, if given the chance, he would live on Oreos and ice cream for the rest of his days.
Since he loves sweets, I do my best to invest in his caloric bank account by making things that allow him to think he is doing what he wants–grazing sweets all day, while he is actually doing what I want, grazing on healthy treats all day. OK, perhaps, I am that woman.
Today, I found a recipe from Whitney McNutt’s website wholelifestylenutrition.com for “The Easiest Gluten-free and Grain Gree Muffin Recipe Ever.” That is actually the name, and there is true in that there title.
Now, I’m all about easy, and I’m making gluten adjustments in my own diet, so I thought, “Why not?”
Off to the pantry I went set on my mission.
Bananas. . . nut butter. . . eggs. . . honey. . . I got my things together and into the mini blender they went. Holy Cow! It made the most terrible sound. (Note: I would not recommend using a mini blender with 1 cup of any nut butter!) But even worse than the sound was the look of the stuff.
As a children’s pastor I’ve seen my fair share of baby diaper deposits, and I’m not making this up when I say the resemblance was uncanny.
Don’t get me wrong, the ingredients were all good things–unconventional maybe, where was the flour?–but good. I just couldn’t quite see how this baby diaper goo was going to become a muffin or twelve muffins for that matter. Yet, being the courageous woman of God I am, I stuck my finger in the batter and gave it a try. Low and behold! I heard the angels sing!
So I dipped my finger in again–I even did the Naaman and dipped 7 times–just kidding, I don’t know how many times, but more than a couple!! Soooo good!
Here’s the thing:
Sometimes God gives us instructions that seem like a good idea at first. We are so excited to follow and obey. But when we get going, things start to look a little, well, let’s call it messy. OK, maybe just plain poopy! It may appear like there’s no way this thing He’s asked you to do is going to work out.
This is when God gives us little encouragements to keep going, to trust, to try, to commit and to see it through to the end. When we do, it’s so worth it! It’s cause for celebration! You smile, you tell your friends, you give God praise! You are in awe of Him. We don’t necessarily have to even understand it, we just get to be thankful for the experience of knowing His faithfulness and wisdom.
Maybe you are in that messy place right now. It may be in your ministry, job or relationships. You know God is asking you to press on, trust, try, commit and see it through to the end. I pray you will. Because when you do, you will know it was worth it, and then maybe, just maybe, you’ll think of this post and celebrate with a friend, some coffee and of course, some muffins!
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.” Isaiah 55:8