Main Dish | Devotion #6: Seasoning
Michelle Moshier | Nursery & Pre-K Director
I am sure all of us reading this has some type of cooking experience whether we have smelled or garnished with certain seasonings like sweet (mint) or even bitter (turmeric). I know when I first started cooking, I always wondered how is this going to change or help my recipe let alone make it look or taste better? Life, in general, is constantly changing, especially when you add family to the mixing bowl. Some are in seasons of having no children, some with children, and some losing children.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” God always has that bigger view of what He has planned for each one of us that we just cannot see. Just like in the Pixar movie “Ratatouille” when the mouse keeps adding all the seasonings to the dish without the chef knowing. Then eventually he learns the mouse was there all along helping. It is just like Jesus, who gives us the perfect ingredients to share with others to make the perfect dish.
I think of this scenario. Before you cook your main dish, there is a preparation that takes place. It is important for you to use a proper amount of seasonings during this time. Now you are probably asking yourself how is this the same with family? Each of us goes through different moments of hurt and joy in our lives (Mint and Turmeric). We are told in Galatians 6:2, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” In order to be able to share and walk through burdens with one another, I believe we must have some type of compassion and understanding. For example, as a parent, I am constantly watching my children make mistakes that I see coming a mile away because, as that old saying goes, “I’ve been there and done that.” Even though I shared my experiences with my children in order to keep them from making the same mistakes from my past, they often do them too. I was there just to hold them through the hurt and consequences that eventually had to take place. I was praying for them and with them. When I had no words to speak, I was allowing Jesus to speak through me. I strived to be kind when I felt I could not find one nice thing to say at the time. I was finding peace when there just did not seem as though there was any.
Would you agree we are to help season our family? Maybe you are asking, “How do I season my family?” This can be found in Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
Be sure to use all your seasonings.