It’s huge! 17 inches across the top and 12 inches deep. That’s the size of my husband’s favorite cooking pot. The wooden spoon he uses to stir is 18 inches long. He is a fantastic cook. The only downside, is he does not seem to know how to cook for just two people. So whenever he uses this pot, we are eating his creation for awhile, or I am freezing some of it for later.
This pot also has a very think bottom, so you can put in the ingredients, put a low flame on under it and let it simmer. The long spoon is still necessary, because every so often you need to stir it up, or else the food that is on the bottom, will dry out, get burnt and ruin the whole pot.
This reminds me of me. Every so often God uses His big spoon and stirs me up, so I do not dry out, or get burned, stuck on the bottom, and ruin my relationship with Him. I want to have a savory life in constant communication with Him. I cannot do that if I settle for the gunk on the bottom.
In order to have the purpose God has intended for my life, I need to be stirred up. Most of the time it is not pleasant. But I find I grow more spiritually when I am dealing with adversity. So in remembering how faithful He has been to me in the past, getting me through the troubles, I can trust Him when He stirs me up.
“I thank you that when you call me to obey, you calm by fear with Your presence and that You also spark my enthusiasm to accomplish Your purpose.” (My prayer based on Haggai 1:12-14 [NLT])
That is why I am still able to find joy in the midst of trouble.
“True joy is a by-product of knowing the Savior, of experiencing Him daily, of being confident in His provision for me. When I know where I stand with God, I can feel joy in any situation. I resolve to see the bright side. I acknowledge my difficulties yet choose to see the bigger picture. Joy does not overlook my circumstances, it overrides them.” (Lee & Leslie Strobel)
You need to realize that sometimes, God will use His big spoon to stir you up too. He does this because He love us so much, wants us to become more and more like Jesus every day, and grow into what He has always had in mind for us. He always sees the bigger picture.
When I think of the wisdom and scope of His plan, I fall down on my knees and pray to God that out of His glorious, unlimited resources, He will give me the might inner strengthening of His Holy Spirit, so Jesus will be more and more at home in my heart. So I will feel, understand, and experience this love for myself, so at last I will be filled up with God Himself. Thank you for reminding me that my strength must come from Your mighty power within me. (Prayer based on Eph. 3 & 6:10)
I praise God for His wonderful kindness to me, and the favor He pours out on me. He showers the richness of His grace—His undeserved favor onto me. I am marked as His with the seal of the Holy Spirit. His presence in me is His guarantee that He will give me all He has promised in His Word. I pray my heart will be flooded with light so I can see something of my future with Him. I am rich because of who I am in Jesus. May I understand how incredibly great His power is to help me, because I believe Him. (My prayer based on Eph 1)
“For the LORD Almighty has sworn, ‘Surely as I have planned, so it will be and as I have purposed, so it will stand.’” (Isa. 14:24 [NIV])
“So don’t be afraid. Remember the LORD who is great and glorious.” (Nehem. 4:14b [TLB])
So make sure you have a think bottom too, like my husband’s pot, so you can simmer in God’s goodness. You will be amazed at what happens when you decide on joy.
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