One of my favorite contestants was a cute, bubbly blonde who had a unique approach to cooking. On several different occasions, her coach watched in horror as she combined flavors and ingredients that had nothing in common, such as seasoning her hamburger with cinnamon (wrong on so many levels to me!) Yet, when it came tasting time, he had to admit that the results were excellent. By the third or fourth episode, he was calling her "the mad scientist." In the end, her risk-taking and "think-outside-the-box" mentality brought her victory, and she won $25,000.
I'm not opposed to thinking outside the box; however, I'll be the first to admit that I'm not exactly a risk taker. No, I prefer to keep things safe and predictable. Perhaps, that's why I grow so anxious when God begins combining flavors and ingredients in my life that seem to have nothing in common and that I feel cannot possibly result in anything remotely pleasing. Like the cooking coach, I watch in horror as God sprinkles in a little chaos here and a few money troubles here. I cringe as He adds a spoonful of health issues and a dab of heartache. The more He "cooks," the more certain I become that the end result cannot be tasty. Yet, history has shown me over and over again that somehow, just like the bubbly blonde, He pulls it off, and Romans 8:28 becomes a reality in my life once again.
The book of Ecclesiastes tells us "To every thing there is a season." I think I would be safe in saying, "To every thing there is a seasoning." And when it comes to cooking up the perfect plan for our lives, God is the Master Chef. Trust in His finished product even when the combination of ingredients seems a little iffy.
Grilled cheese, anyone?
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. - Romans 8:28