December 17, 2020 - I was cooking my oatmeal the other morning, and before you could say, "how did it happen," it had! I didn't turn the heat down on the stove and my oatmeal boiled over. Now, let's be honest, any good cook turns the heat down when the pot begins to boil. There is nothing good accomplished by uncontrolled boiling. The food in the pot sticks to the pan and burns or bubbles over the side and is lost.
In case you wonder where this is going, here it is. Some of us are better cooks than we are Christians. We are smart enough to keep our food from burning and boiling over. However, we have not yet learned how to control the boiling in our spirits. Too often, we allow old hurts, resentments, jealousies and hatreds to burn high inside us until they boil over and make a mess of everything.
A good cook learns to turn down the heat and keep the cooking under control. Doing this, all the goodness and flavor is preserved and there isn't a pot to be scrubbed and soaked to get the burned food out of it. Maybe it's time we learned to turn down the heat on the things that trouble us.
Maybe we need to remember the words of the Psalmist, "Be still, and know that l am God." (Psalms 46:10) Pause this week, turn down the heat, and reflect on the goodness of God.
It's something to think about....TBP
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