Even at the tiniest of ages thoughts about who we are begin to form. This happens by things that are said or assumed, looks sent our direction or even to something past us that we don't realize is there. Comments made about the way we did something ... even if they're positive comments. Expectations of what we might do in the future ... etc.
A vision of who we are or are going to be begins to form ...
But at the same time that vision is forming from comments and things from things in this world, something is happening ... something else is in the oven ... God has a plan ... one that couldn't be seen ...
Let's change directions a little ...
I was thinking about what it's like when we're wanting God to do some thing in our lives and feel as though nothing is happening makes me think of the process of baking.
When you first start out to bake or cook the early preparation that’s being done doesn’t really show any evidence that something is going to be baked. You might be thinking about the recipe in your head or what recipe you might use. You might put a list of supplies down on a piece of paper or into your phone so that you’re ready when it’s time to go shopping. And then you go and you do the shopping. You’re there in the store and you see people and they see you but no one knows what’s happening. And then you bring the supplies home and still maybe no one really knows that you are preparing to bake or make a meal. It isn’t until you actually start to bake or cook and the fragrance of the food fills the air that it is realized something is up. Something is happening. A work is truly in progress.
When we open our hearts to God, it’s like that … the preparation is being done … we’ve read the word … we’ve prayed … we’ve said yes to God … no one can see in the early stages that something is happening. No one knows the great work God is doing in our lives. As we persevere. As we walk in obedience and follow His plan … slowly things begin to develop … things begin to change in our lives … the fragrance of what He is doing in our lives begins to be evident …
The transformation process is happening …
We are dining with Him and He with us …
The veils have been removed from our faces and we are being changed … transformed … from the randomness in our lives … like the random supplies in your cart … God takes all the ingredients He’s put into you and is making something beautiful … something useful … something tasteful and something good.
He wants you to know that He loves you more deeply than you can imagine. That you are very important. That He is doing a bigger work in you than you can know. When the fragrance of that work begins to show in your life it will be more evident. So be confident of this and wait on Him.
Jeanette MORRIS says
Thanks, Carolyn. This encouraged me today.
I’m so glad to hear that Jeanette! 🙂 Thanks for letting me know.
Carolyn, what a beautiful picture today!!! Can I share this on my blog? Such a great reminder of that God is doing a work-even when we can’t see it, even when we think He can’t use all of who we are. His love is faithful and His word is truth. ❤️❤️
Thank you so much Kelly! Of course you can!
Terrie Beckett says
Oh that was so beautifully said, Carolyn! I often use cooking or baking analogies when reading His Word. I think because I like to cook!
What you wrote here; I can smell it, see it, taste it! Your words are so quietly and softly profound. Thank you for such a lovely picture and reminder that we are His workmanship. My friend and I meet to do a Bible study tomorrow (every Thursday morning). May I share this with her?
My granddaughter, Piper, asked me to bake some banana bread today, so your words just fit in to today’s plan in such a tangible way.
I love you my beautiful friend! God is so faithful…”Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good”…
Hi Terrie. How nice to hear from you … and thank you! Yes of course you can share it with your friend. Have fun! I love you as well!
Eleni Palmos says
Your written word is as beautiful as your photography
Thank you so much! You are so kind!