Lately, my mind has been consumed with thoughts of cooking and baking and… a little bit of yoga.
While I’m at work I find myself thinking, “I’d love to be at home right now trying out that recipe for Easy Beer Mac’n Cheese or those delicious looking chocolate, chewy cookie bars.
(Photo and recipe by Jessica)
Even though the Big Fisch would eat neither of those foods, I would delight in creating them. And then plead with friends and coworkers to please take some before I devoured both trays.
I don’t know what it is exactly about cooking and baking and playing with flavors and spices that I love so much. I guess in a way, it is my kind of art.
I may not be able to draw, write in pretty cursive (or pretty handwriting for that matter), or excel in fancy crafts. But I am learning how to cook, and how to do a mighty fine job, so says Big Fisch.
One thing I love most about cooking is the relaxation it can bring when I’m focused, not rushed, and able to enjoy the process. In those moments I feel the joy in my task that I know comes from the Lord; His gift of creativity using what He has made. And I feel a strange sense of purpose; some connection with Him through my simple, yet calculated movements that is beyond my understanding.
Do you ever experience that while doing something you love? Something that makes you feel keenly alive? I often imagine dancers feel this way as they move rhythmically, as well as musicians or athletes.
As much as I’d love to ramble on about recipes that I love and have tried, that is not the sole purpose of this blog (even though the purpose of this blog is probably a bit unclear right now).
I will still be sharing occasional recipes that I think are blog worthy, but I will not put the majority of my time and focus there.
If I were to be honest to myself and true to my heart, what I really want to share with you today is this:
If you take anything away from reading these snippets of my thoughts and stories, my hope is that you hear the truth of God’s love for you, and the implications it has on your life.
To agree that God is love, and that God loves you, is one thing. To truly know it, is another.
Nothing this world has to offer you will ever completely fill the holes in your heart. Hurt in your life can never truly be healed by a friend or a lover.
Loneliness from deep within cannot be overcome by distractions from work, money, adventure, people, or achievement. Brokenness in your life wouldn’t be fixed by finding your self, or finding your “balance”.
Understanding yourself or how to love another being can never put you successfully back together.
The world preaches to us that these things can fix us and fulfill us. But the world is an imperfect, failing place. Why would we seek answers from a teacher who does not even know the right answer himself?
Only the love of God truly heals, restores, fixes, and fills us. Only through the saving grace of Jesus Christ can we live truly alive with purpose, hope, and fulfillment.
This world is not all there is. You are not your savior. Please don’t waste your life away trying to save yourself. Jesus Christ is real and wants your life and heart, no matter how big of a mess it is.
His grace is sufficient for you.
Let Him love you. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?
Give Him your heart and your life and live in the salvation and security it brings.
To not share this truth with you as often as I can, would be selfish. To worry about what my readers think of it, would be foolish.
“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings or of God? Or I am trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10.
My purpose is to please God and share His love with the world, so that all would know and have the opportunity to choose.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17
Today and tomorrow, that is what I desire for you to know.