March 21, 2017

I pray this finds you having a good day. Whether or not you or I have a good day is dependent mostly upon how we start the day and look at it. In our weakness, it is very easy to be derailed for a whole day. It’s very easy for us to become chopped meat and thrown into a stew of frustration and despair instead of watching outside the pot at the Cook carefully stirring the circumstances of our life with His spoon of providence.

Whether we are allowing ourselves to be cooked inside the pot or watching how God puts together the ingredients for the day, the purpose and plan of the cook’s recipe will not be thwarted. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28). Rather, a good day or a bad day for us is dependent upon our perspective. I would suggest looking over the Cook’s shoulder and learning from his directions for today is a whole lot more comfortable than being boiled in the stew of today’s circumstances.

What can you do when you find yourself stewing? How about consulting with the Cook. He is more than willing to ladle you out of the soup and give you a good instruction on how to take the ingredients of the day and make something savoring to Him and beneficial to you and the people around you. “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:7).

God has a wonderful way of taking a spoiled dish of a day and turning it into a savory experience. He can take the recipe of the day which tasted harmful and turn it into something to praise God for. 2 Kings 4:38-41 38 “And Elisha came again to Gilgal: and there was a dearth in the land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him: and he said unto his servant, Set on the great pot, and seethe pottage for the sons of the prophets. 39 And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred them into the pot of pottage: for they knew them not. 40 So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot. And they could not eat thereof. 41 But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot; and he said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there was no harm in the pot.”

With God in charge of the ingredients of the day, there will be no harm in your pot. We make substitutions to God’s cookbook at our own peril. The Master Chef has a plan for your day because each and every day belongs to Him. Read His book every day. Put on His apron, because life can be messy and with His protection and guidance you will not be soiled. And as you lay down your head before you go to sleep and take a sip of the special of the day you will be able to say: “Ahhhh twas a gooood day!

Love in Christ,

Apprentice Chef,

Pastor John Schofield