Better Than Biscuits
Better Than Biscuits
A friend on social media shared this story:
A while back I read a story of a visiting pastor who attended a men's breakfast in the middle of a rural farming area of the country.
The group had asked an older farmer, decked out in bib overalls, to say grace for the morning breakfast.
"Lord, I hate buttermilk," the farmer began. The visiting pastor opened one eye to glance at the farmer and wonder where this was going. The farmer loudly proclaimed, "Lord, I hate lard." Now the pastor was growing concerned. Without missing a beat, the farmer continued, "And Lord, you know I don't much care for raw white flour." The pastor once again opened an eye to glance around the room and saw that he wasn't the only one to feel uncomfortable.
Then the farmer added, "But Lord, when you mix them all together and bake them, I do love warm fresh biscuits. So Lord, when things come up that we don't like, when life gets hard, when we don't understand what You are saying to us, help us to just relax and wait until you are done mixing. It will probably be even better than biscuits. Amen."
Within that prayer there is great wisdom for all when it comes to complicated situations like we have been dealing with recently and throughout history.
Beginning in Genesis 37, we read the story of Joseph who was his father, Jacob’s, favorite. His brothers were jealous of him and plotted to kill him. Instead of killing him, they decided to sell him as a slave to the Midianites and tell their father that he was killed by wild animals. When the Midianites arrived in Egypt, they sold Joseph to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials. Potiphar put Joseph in charge of his household and entrusted everything he owned to his care. Then, Potiphar’s wife told an untruth about Joseph and he was thrown into prison.
While in prison, the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison. During his stay, he met Pharaoh’s cupbearer and Baker, and interpreted dreams for each of them. When the cupbearer was released from prison, Joseph asked him to mention him to Pharaoh, but the cupbearer forgot Joseph. Two years later Pharaoh had a dream and none of the magicians or wise men in the country could interpret it. At that time, the cupbearer recalled his meeting with Joseph and told Pharaoh. Pharaoh called for Joseph to be brought from the dungeon to interpret the dream. Joseph made it clear that it was God Who interpreted the dream and not him. Joseph, with God’s help, did interpret the dream correctly and Pharaoh put Joseph second in command over the land of Egypt.
Joseph had several things happen that he really didn’t care for, but when they all came together it made for a warm fresh biscuit that changed his life and prepared the way for the rescue of his family.
What are the buttermilks, lards, and raw white flours in your life right now? Keep praying and asking God to reveal to you what He is mixing together for you. I would venture to guess that when He’s done mixing, you will come out with something even better than biscuits.
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