Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Guided thoughts, 13 "The best mac and cheese"

I'm not a really great cook.
Not really.
I'm not one of these people that seems to have a magic touch, and knows just how to season and prepare just about anything. Those folks whose dishes are sought after at potlucks, and everyone anticipates what they will prepare and bring.
Not me.
I do have a couple of things that over the years, I've learned to do a capable job at.
I've been told that my macaroni and cheese is delicious. (Grin)
Makes me happy that I "fell into" a good recipe.
You see, when I was a new wife, I knew absolutely nothing about cooking. Seriously. I have some stories about half pound hamburgers stuffed with onions and cheese, and about okra that I cut and then soaked in water.....we ate the hamburgers for several meals, and put up some wallpaper with the okra slime. And my husband still ribs me gently about how I kept bringing him burnt offerings (toast).
But I digress.
I began with an oral recipe from my mom-in-law, for the mac and cheese. I tweaked it over the years and added additional varieties of cheese, and adjusted the amounts of the milk, eggs, and other ingredients. From the reactions that I got, I knew whether I needed to add or subtract stuff. You've been there, right?

God is there, too. All the time.
You see, He is tweaking the recipe of our life as He sees us live. He adds and subtracts, and He adjusts things. He is not the all-seeing but uncaring God that some believe. And He is not the Creator that the Deists used to think, when they advanced the theology that He wound up the clock of this earth and the people on it, and then stepped away......

Our Father cares far too much about us to do that.  He cares enough to be personally involved. He even knows how many hairs are still on your head, and lots of other things -- some that you'd rather He didn't know. He brings people and situations into our lives to accomplish His plans for us. He loves us and gives us liberally from His abundance:
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:11)
He holds success in store for the upright,    he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just    and protects the way of his faithful ones. (Proverbs 2:7-8)
God moves and tweaks His recipes . . . skeptical? Check out the story in I Samuel 5....when the Philistines had possession of the ark of the covenant, God moved in that situation, so that it could be sent back. And here is a very positive proof that He can work with us in our lives:
Also in Judah the hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following the word of the Lord. (II Chronicles 30:12)
To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, (Ecclesiastes 2:26a) 
Here is a passage that talks about God working for the nation of Israel:
You transplanted a vine from Egypt;    you drove out the nations and planted it. You cleared the ground for it,    and it took root and filled the land. (Psalm 80:8-9)
He knows just how to make things right, and give us what we need:
The Lord will indeed give what is good, (Psalm 85:12a)
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32)
We may not be aware of the recipe. We don't know all the ingredients. But we know that He loves us, and only wants the best for us.  Sometimes it is hard as humans to let Him be in control, but when we trust Him, the recipe is going to come out right!

1 comment:

Katie Isabella said...

Boy have I been thinking along these lines. The news off today both here and overseas sent me into great sadness. I am still trying to come away form that as the last thing I thought of last night was God.