May 18, 2017

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” –Ecclesiastes 3:1

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I spend a lot of time in my kitchen. I love to cook. While I am in no way professionally trained, I enjoy trying new flavor combinations, foods, and pairings. It’s my creative outlet.

The chemistry and creativity of cooking aside, creating a full meal is also about time management. Denser vegetables cook slower than leafy greens, meats can overcook in a matter of seconds, et cetera. A chef can neither rush nor slow the cooking process; each dish has its own set of requirements if you want it to come out right.

Here’s the extended metaphor: I think that is much like the balance we strive for in our lives. There are times to race toward something—like a calling God has made for your life. Likewise, there are times when we need to call a time out, recharge, and enjoy the gift of the here and now. Balancing these elements leads to a joyful and balanced life—a “full meal” if you will.

Take an extra moment in your devotional time today. Think about what’s on your “plate.” How much of it brings you joy? How much of it is rushed when it should be slowed or ignored when it should be celebrated? Let God show you the recipe for a balanced and meaningful life.

Beth Armstrong, Director of Welcoming Ministry