On my writer’s Facebook page I once compared myself to a cook and my writing pieces to simmering stews. Stews that I taste and test, as I try to understand what should be added, or altered, in order to make each one… perfect. Months have passed since I shared that. And now my so called kitchen is full of writing pieces that have never been served up. What each piece needs to make it just right is a mystery to me. Imagine if this were physical food, and I had a family or group of friends to feed? Imagine if I stopped putting meals on the table in my home, because I couldn’t get each dish to turn out just great. That would be ridiculous. And sad. And that is where I have been. I am sorry readers. I have missed serving those of you who have pulled up to my corner of God’s table.
So now I am thinking…. wouldn’t it be better to serve something instead of nothing? Does a dish need to be perfect in order to nourish or comfort? Have I been prideful– afraid to give and serve with my weakness showing?
Today, I remember Jesus perfect sacrifice on the cross, and how it came through his vulnerability, humility and nakedness. I remember how Jesus told the apostle Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). I think there is something for me to learn about serving weak and trusting God to show Himself strong.
I want to learn to serve this way, to dish up this humble pie, and give what I have to offer even if eggs shells are in the mix. And I want to encourage you to do the same. Let’s not aim for our own perfection, but trust God’s. Let’s count on God to add what we lack– that missing ingredient, that special sauce, His amazing grace that redeems every dish, and day.
Dear Lord, We are small. And weak. We often don’t know exactly what to say. And we hardly ever know perfectly what to do. But here we are. We want to get out of our kitchens, and our homes, and ourselves, and serve others what you have given us to share. We are not amazing. But you are amazing. You have reached out and rescued us. Thank you. Please rescue what we dish up and do today, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.