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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Even when I can’t see...


Even when I can’t see...
 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Hebrews 11:1-3(KJV)


According to an article entitled “Scaredy cats, what people are scared of” by Media Central, Inc., nearly 1 in 5 adults fear the dark.  I’m not scared of the dark when I know what’s there; when I’m in my house, or anywhere I feel in control there is nothing to fear.  I’m in my comfort zone.  Faith, “the evidence of things not seen” should be that comfort zone.  If that’s the case, why do we spend so much time being afraid??

We are afraid because we are impatient…
I don’t like to wait.  I don’t think anyone does, and studies now suggest that popular culture (including fast food and advertising) reinforces our not being inclined to sit still and let things happen.  We’re rushing towards what, exactly??

We are afraid because outcomes have trumped processes…
So often, it’s the end that matters, not the journey.  I like processes, cooking, knitting, running.  I also appreciate the outcomes, but if we can’t enjoy getting to them, we miss most of the fun.  Faith is also about hope, remember, and hope anticipates something to come.

We are afraid because we despise failure…
We have become so obsessed with succeeding at everything that we are paralyzed by the notion of failure to the point of inactivity.  My children are loathe to try things if they don’t feel they can succeed immediately.  Where’d they get THAT from?? Are we so preoccupied with being #1 that we are unwilling to enter the race if we don’t already see our name atop the winner’s list?

Faith is trust.  I’m not afraid in my home because I know what’s there.  I trust that the furniture has not moved; I trust my memory about where things are; I trust that I am secure, safe, and that things are well. 

We’ve got to do better.  I trust my memory, but do I always trust God?? There have often been times when my memory has failed me…I have faith in my husband; do I have the same full measure of faith in my Creator, who made that husband AND sent him to me?? We’ve got to do better.  The good news, and there always is some, is that while we are dithering, hesitating, vacillating between fear and foolishness, “things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” It doesn’t mean that those things are not there, it just means there is more there than we know.  We don’t know everything, right?

Here is what I know….God’s love is absolute, and His Faithfulness endures…forever. Even when we can’t see.  My memory will fail, as will my sight and ultimately my strength.  But through all, and even despite all, He will not, and I am grateful. Grateful for another reminder that God is good. 
Today’s Feast: Garlic Ginger Seasoning Paste

Back story-Every good cook has go to ingredients and processes. These for me include things I can count on to work well in multiple ways. This is recently discovered, but a keeper, since I almost always use all the elements in savory cooking. 

To a food processor, add equal measures (e.g. one ½ C each) peeled rough chopped ginger and peeled rough chopped garlic with a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to start.  Drizzle in additional oil as it is blending to achieve a paste about the texture of coarse mustard.  Store in the refrigerator.  

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is important here because the paste is all about flavor, and because there are so few ingredients.  You can rub this paste on any protein and let it sit, the longer the better. 

Making it sexy….add in any or all of the following:
·         Fresh rosemary (2 T)
·         Fresh thyme (2 T)
·         Lavender (1 t) great for a roast chicken

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