I was surfing Pinterest this morning–because of course I’m mildly addicted–and this was the first thing that caught my eye on the homepage. It hit me square in the chest actually.”God prepares leaders in a slow-cooker”. WHAT? Am I a leader? Is that why life for so long has felt like walking through muck and quicksand to get ahead? I don’t wear my struggle with pride–like LOOK AT ME and ALL I CAN HANDLE!! I’ve actually drifted through many different feelings ranging from confusion to bitterness to acceptance. It’s important to remember that during this process God is still in the kitchen.
I decided to Google slow-cookers even thought I know generally how they work and this is what I found:
-slow cookers help to make meat more “tender and improve in texture and flavor”
-no matter how tough the meat, “when cooked for long periods of time at low temperatures” it will become tenderized
-the goal is to “break down into a rich gelatin”
In other words, I’m not a chef but it seems like this process is simply used to make something tough more tasty and tender. And gelatin can be used in all sorts of things according to Wikipedia like “food, pharmaceuticals, photography, cosmetic manufacturing, marshmallows, gelatin dessert, and some ice cream, dip and yogurt“. So the byproduct of this process is used for many more things.
Enough food science…let’s apply this to what we were talking about earlier. If life is a clow-cooker, then I am the tough meat in need of tenderizing. My Earthly flesh is in need of tenderizing. And through this process I will become more palatable in God’s eyes. I will become more like Him. I will improve and my life will be an sweet aroma to Him.
“Perhaps… Jesus could smell “a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God,” a life “poured out like a drink offering” (Ephesians 5:2; 2 Timothy 4:6 NIV).”
And during the process there is not bitterness or anything bad-tasting that comes out. Instead a “rich gelatin” is extracted..in this case the God-taste of my life is poured out and can then and only then be used for many more things.
So during this time I encourage my own soul, and yours to endure those “seemingly unfruitful seasons” knowing full well that we are being put in the slow-cooker for a purpose. If we were put in the “microwave” of life we wouldn’t be rich in flavor. We would be bland. Why would you settle for that when there is a better way to be?
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