Do you ever go through seasons of craving a certain food? I don’t know whether it’s because I have restricted so many so called evil foods over the past several months and I’m having withdrawals or that it’s still winter here in East Tennessee and all I want is comfort food. The one thing I do know is that I have a mad craving for bread!
I made an attempt this past week to make my moms cornbread and it ended in a total disaster! It pretty much disintegrated into a cornbread crumbly mess! I’m not sure what happened because I followed her instructions but it just didn’t end well. I’m convinced that even though I may follow my moms or my mamaw Horner’s recipes to the T the magic is just not there. They certainly have magical cooking powers that I did not inherit!
As I set out to give cornbread another try I couldn’t help but think ( I’m a thinker) about how a recipe is a lot like life. It’s made up with different ingredients, measurements, textures and tastes and in the process gets a little messy. You can even follow the recipe exactly but it still doesn’t go as planned sometimes.Over the years I’ve failed at many things but have always found the strength to get back up and give it one more try. Never stop trying because sometimes even in our mistakes and failures we find that in our messes lies the message!
Our favorite colonel from Kentucky Fried Chicken fought the good fight to get his secret recipe into the restaurant world. He was rejected a whopping 1,009 times before he finally got that fried chicken to taste just right. Talk about perseverance.
I would never have gotten through my life or especially the last 4 years if it had not been for the strength that God has supplied. He is my strength! The other day my eyes fell upon a familiar verse I know that I have read a million times it suddenly it made sense to me and came to life! Weird how that happens huh?
The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility! Habakkuk 3:19
When I read those words about Him being my personal bravery and invincible army I felt 10 feet tall with biceps bigger than Arnold’s! I was ready for anything even if it were something as simple as making cornbread. My favorite part though is where He tells me that he makes my feet like hind’s feet and will make me walk without fear!
I live in an area that is saturated with deer and to see one these magnificent creatures bound and leap though open fields takes my breath away every time! So when He tells me that He makes my feet like the feet of a deer my heart skips a beat!
I’ve always had a love for nature and animals and God has always used deer to communicate His presence with me through them (No, I don’t hear deer voices😉 ) I fell in love with the story by Hannah Hurnard “Hinds Feet On High Places” several years ago. If you have never read it I suggest you do because I’m convinced that we can all find ourselves in the main character Much Afraid. That story has resonated and stuck right inside my heart for many years and every time I see a deer it is echoed in my ears.
The moral of my cornbread recipe story is that yes, life gets complicated, hard and confusing with the different ingredients thrown at us sometimes…..
And when you mix all those ingredients together it can get messy, look impossible and seem out of control….
But when you lean on Him for strength don’t give up, and keep trying things always work out for your good and somehow come out perfect!
Keep trying, keep failing, keep hoping, keep letting Him give you strength because I can assure you that you will eventually build those muscles and develop those hind’s feet to tread on the things that life throws at you!
Now it is time for me and my favorite Cobra Kai (Johnny) to go enjoy the cornbread I conquered today!