Here's some photos of my bread making day. I know, I'm a dork, I took step by step photos of it! :)
As I was making this, I couldn't help but make some spiritual parallels in my mind. So many of the steps in the baking process taught me some big lessons in my own life. I wanted to share them with you!
So, first of all, when I mixed the water and oil together, they didn't mix. But when I added the honey, it acted like a glue and they mixed much better. So many times, I find myself in situations where I seem disjointed, not really mixed together. But, if I take time to read the Bible and seek God's wisdom out, my situation starts to make sense and get all mixed together! That's what His word does!
"How sweet are Thy words unto my taste! [yea, sweeter] than honey to my mouth!"
Then, as I was stirring and stirring and stirring the dough... (for about ten minutes, but it felt more like an hour), I thought about all the times where I felt like God was doing that very same thing to me! When we find ourselves in seasons where it feels like everything that can be shaken is being shaken, we must remember that God has a purpose in everything He does. He is working stuff out of us, He is molding us into the image of His son. It can feel exhausting, and we can feel weak. At those moments, we must remember to draw upon His strength. He did not ask us to do this thing called life on our own! He wants to do it through us!
After the stirring, the dough was poured into pans and placed in a warm place to rise. After we have been shaken and stirred by the Great Baker, he pours us into vessels and lets the heat rise us. We must be willing to be used for His purposes. And sometimes that means, He pours us into vessels that we weren't expecting. I know I didn't expect to be a stay at home mom of four. But, this is where He's placed me and I will continue to serve Him here in my home and look for ways to minister to those He's put around me. And in those vessels that He's placed us in, He often turns the heat up so that we will rise! So often lately, I've seen myself and my friends and family go through extreme seasons of testing. This testing, I believe, is a wonderful place to rise to the occasion! God wants to see if we will continue to praise and thank Him for all things and in all situations. That so pleases His heart when we can rise above the noise and praise Him anyway!
And lastly, after the time in His refining fire, He pulls us out of the oven and we emerge a beautiful loaf of bread, filling the world with His sweet aroma. We are the fragrance of Christ to a world that desperately needs Him!
Hope those little lessons that God showed me when I made this yummy bread somehow spoke to your heart as well!
Thanks for letting me share,