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Sunday, July 31, 2011

When nothing else will do…

He Treats Me to a Feast; Notes from my Abundant Life

When nothing else will do…
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Matthew 5: 6 (NIV)

We were walking the dog this morning in the park; a stunning Sunday morning, my husband and I.  I was jonesing a tomato tarte.  I was envisioning the variety of tomatoes I’d nestle therein, juicy striped green and yellow heirlooms, perhaps a deep red with nearly purple stripes, green, maybe, and lots of garlic and a flaky crust.  I almost couldn’t concentrate on the beauty of the morning, the conversation I was engaged in with my wonderful husband, and the sheer, simple joy of seeing the park through the puppies eyes.  I instinctively knew it would be good.

We had a pleasant walk, nearly 2 miles, and left the park headed for the grocery.  I simply couldn’t get that tarte out of my mind.  There are just some times when nothing else will do.

I came home and executed something even my picky firstborn enjoyed.  (yes, there is a recipe to follow…)As I sat down to breakfast, already satisfied by having created according to my desire, I knew it would be good.  It was; it didn’t disappoint.  It pleased the eyes, thrilled the palate, and filled my belly, in a healthy, joyful way.  There are just some times when nothing else will do.

Lord, happy and filled with my simple breakfast dish, teach me to seek Your Face such that nothing else will do.  Nothing but a homemade tomato tarte was going to give me the deep satisfaction my mind needed after forming the thought.  There are just some times when nothing else will do.

I’m off to dress for church, intent on enjoying worship along with the rest of this gift of a day.  I got what I wanted, it was well within my reach, it was good for me, and I am clear that God provided in order to teach me this simple lesson of abundance.  I always have what I need, He has always provided, and when I thirst or hunger, I am quenched.  Even when I believe that nothing else will do.  He is my ever present answer to nothing else. Ever presently.  And that, like every other time, is further evidence that God is Good. 

Tomato Tarte (in a hurry)
Pastry to line a tarte pan (in this case it’s the leftover crescent dough from the brie en croute I made last week, ever thrifty)
2T homemade pesto (that recipe another day)
4 Campari tomatoes (what I had in pantry)
2T shaved Parmesan
1t Bourbon pepper (because it tastes really good, and I keep it in the pantry)

Preheat the oven to 375 (convection ovens are the bomb!)
Roll out the pastry dough with a little flour, and shape into the pan.  Using about 1T of the pesto, cover the bottom of the shell with pesto.  Cut the tomatoes into 4 even slices, roughly ¼ inch thick.  Lay the slices in an overlapping pattern until the shell is filled. Sprinkle with pepper and cover with the parmesan.

Bake the tarte until the pastry is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Eat and be satisfied, because there are just some times when nothing else will do.

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