Friday, January 29, 2010

When God is All You Have...

My niece, far away in her dorm room in Pennsylvania, posted her status on Facebook for all to read last weekend.  It was just enough information to inspire me to write something for my blog. So,  Katie, muse comes from many different places and today I will venture outside the status box of Facebook and connect to God.
 write something:  Katherine Henry   "A house full of condiments and no embarrassing."
Katherine Henry
I don't know exactly what  she was talking about, so maybe I will assume it was about her dorm area fridge.  Sounds like it could be the posting of a hungry college student who gets her meals from "The Commons."

I started thinking about condiments and the three basic ones I pictured inside this  fridge were Mayo, Mustard and Ketchup.

Imagine your fridge for a few minutes as your spiritual place, the place you open for sustenance, the place to partake in delectable morsels to satisfy a hunger, a hunger for righteousness.  There in front of you is the Mayonnaise, the main ingredient is  eggs, full of protein to help build a strong body.  An Egg has three parts to it, The shell, the yolk, and the albumin or the white, yet it is an egg, Some have used an egg  to get a mind picture of the difficult concept of  God as triune,  Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Mixed with the eggs is vinegar.  Vinegar is used in healthy ways to kill germs, both inside your body and on your kitchen floor.  It cleanses. Then we have the oil, anointing the soul, deeming us worthy of His Grace.  There He is, God in your fridge.

So God has presented himself to us as we open the door to seek to fill our void.  He comes in a wide mouth jar, easy to open but we just need a little faith to turn that lid, pop open the jar and slather on His goodness.  Next to the Mayo, a jar of mustard which comes from one of the tiniest seeds on the planet. Jesus in His parables compared the mustard seed to the Kingdom of Heaven.  From a small tiny mustard seed, from just a speck of faith, God will empower us with His strength.  From that seed of faith sown into the garden of our lives, sprouts  garden plants with large branches able to give shade and bear fruit.

And lastly, there stands the ketchup bottle.  God is with us in all three persons, He has cleansed us and we have received His grace.  Our mustard seed faith has allowed us to grow.  As we pour out the rich thick ketchup, we are reminded where it came from, it is  the fruit of the vine.  The fruit manifests itself in our lives by our service, by our love for others and by our disciplined lives seeking after more of what God wants for us, seeking out to bring Him glory.  Seasoned with salt, scriptures remind us that we are the salt of the Earth, equipped to bring God's flavor to all who wish to taste His goodness.

Next time you go to open your fridge and all you see are condiments, think on this, .  "When God is all you have, maybe God is all you need."

1 comment:

  1. from Katherine Henry, via Facebook: Oh my gosh!! I love your take on the condimemts quote, that was so creative! It's funny because the quote is actually from fight club, and in the movie it serves purpose of showing the emptiness in one's life. However your interpretation was so creative and optimistic, and must I not forget how you tied Christ in- aka I enjoyed yours more.
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