The other night I was sitting at the counter while Glen was cooking. He put some zucchini, onions and asparagus onto the griddle. As the vegetables began to heat up on the hot griddle, they began to move and dance about. As they slowly caramelized, the sweet fragrance of their sugars wafted up to me raising my anticipation for the moment we would sit down to eat.
These grilled vegetables were delectable. They could not have been more perfectly prepared. The preparation, however, took heat. It took heat enough for the vegetables to bounce around on the griddle. If the vegetables could "feel", I'm sure they would have said they were quite uncomfortable.
Often times I have found myself in uncomfortable situations, times which made me unhappy, times which made me frustrated, times which made me sad. Sometimes the griddle just gets too hot. But our Master Chef knows that the griddle is just what is needed to bring out the sweetness in us, to soften us and make us exactly what we need to be in order to bless those around us.
So, next time we find ourselves feeling uncomfortable or unhappy with our situations, let us not complain about the heat of the griddle, but thank our Lord that He is a Master Chef who will not let us stay in the heat too long, or cause us to burn, but only heats us to the point of perfection.
"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able. . ." I Corinthians 10:13