Burnt Rue

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What you read, study and meditate about God, you must apply to your life. Do this and you will be blessed.

“The angel of God said to him, ‘Take the meat and the unleavened bread, place them on this rock, and pour out the broth.'  And Gideon did so” Judges 6:20.

I usually only blog on weekdays but I couldn’t resist since what happened this morning was such a testament to yesterday’s blog.  I have dear friends who are walking the journey of terminal illness in their family.   Oddly enough, I had offered to make gumbo for dinner tonight so I got up and began preparing by chopping, boiling, sautéing, stirring, etc…  The main element that can make or break gumbo is how flavorful the rue is once stirred into the rest of the ingredients.  As I was chopping and sautéeing, the rue was baking in the oven requiring me to stir every ten minutes.  As I chopped I presented this dish back to God and asked that He would flavor the gumbo with His comfort and strength.  It was at that point I smelled burning rue! 

I immediately jerked the oven door open and began assessing the rue…it wasn’t that bad…it might be alright…  I was immediately spoken to in my spirit.  The message…Is this really the best you have to offer back to God in service? You have just asked God to bless this and infuse it with His comfort and strength…you have asked for God’s best but are you giving it yours?  Sheepishly, I took the rue outside, put the pan down and poured it out.  I prepared new rue…flavorful rue.  My spiritual takeaway was that if we are to truly serve God and ask for His best we must do our best in the little ways He wants to bless others.  When we ask for God’s best for our own life He doesn’t give us burnt rue.

I couldn’t believe the parallel of yesterday’s blog with today’s personal message.  I prepared the gumbo, I presented it back to the Lord through my prayers for Him to bless, He asked me to put the burnt rue down and pour it out.  With my new rue in the gumbo I know my service of dinner tonight is blessed and infused with God’s best because I truly gave Him my best.  This morning the message that came to mind was that I cannot blog one day and live my life another way the following day.  What I read, study, mediate and blog on I must apply to my life.

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.  Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in the mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.  But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does” James 1:22-25.

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