Caramel Slice and our walk with God
I love Caramel Slice – everyone in our family loves caramel slice – but I don’t make it very often! Of course the first reason is the fat content (why do the yummy things taste so good?), but the other reason is laziness and boredom. The recipe instructions tell me to stir the condensed milk, golden syrup and butter for 10 mins as the butter melts and the mixture comes to a boil. 10 minutes of continuous stirring – seriously? I like the kind of cooking that requires one bowl (not 2 bowls, 2 saucepans and 1 cake dish) and after about 20 minutes I can sit down with a cuppa and enjoy the fruit of my labours. Caramel slice is just too much hard work….
Yet God whispers something to me – a lesson in the making of a successful caramel slice…. Stand still, stir this mixture diligently as the recipe says and the result will be worth it. In my relationship with Jesus I often find myself wanting to take short cuts, mentally moving on to the next thing, and wanting to multi-task instead of concentrating, standing still and being patient. I hope that the results will be ok with just a little effort today. It is tempting to walk away from the pot, “the mixture will be fine, it won’t burn or stick, after all I have a non-stick saucepan.” In relation to my journey with Jesus that is like relying on my longstanding family history or my past assurances from the Lord, old revelations and previous highs. Yes, the non-stick pan is great, but it is only effective when I treat it with the respect it deserves. It can’t do the work for me. Isn’t this like our relationship with Jesus? If I want to be alive and vibrant in my faith I need to be patient, I need to stand still, I need to take uncluttered time with Jesus (no more multi-tasking) and I need to follow the recipe of focussing on Him.
”Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.” Daniel 6v10
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