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Trust The Cook
 
There was once a story of an old woman, walking and meditating through a
meadow. As she was strolling, she came upon a field of golden pumpkins. She
then reached a corner of the field where a majestic oak tree stood. 

The woman sat under the oak tree and began to muse about the strange twists in
nature. How come tiny acorns hung on huge branches and huge pumpkins sat on
tiny vines? So the woman thought, God must have blundered with creation! He
should have put the small acorns on the tiny vines and the large pumpkins on
huge branches, the woman said to herself. 

After sometime, the warmth of the sunshine lulled the woman to sleep under the
oak tree. She was suddenly awakened when a tiny acorn bounced off her nose.
Chuckling to herself, she removed her previous doubts about God's ways. Maybe
God was right after all! You could just imagine what scenario took place had a
huge pumpkin dropped on her nose! 

Prayer is pretty much the same. We storm God's throne with petitions and we
get so disappointed when we receive no answers. Then we begin our endless
complaints for how unfair life is to us. Well God must have committed a
mistake somewhere! We tell ourselves. When in prayer and asking God for our
"daily bread," picture yourself entering God's great kitchen. 

In his book, The Great House of God, Max Lucado mentions that God's kitchen is
not like the usual restaurant. "It's not owned by a stranger ... it is run by
your Father . . . It's not open one hour and closed the next; (His) kitchen is
ever available. You don't eat and then pay; you eat and say thanks." 

But the most important thing of all, according to Lucado, is that God's
kitchen does not have a menu! Do you still remember the first time you went to
a fine-dining restaurant and the waiter handed to you a menu to choose from.
Boy, didn't it take you so long to choose! You may be adventuresome even in
your choice. Experience proves, however, that there were times (often times,
actually), wherein, what we expected was not what we got. We now begin looking
on the plates of others and wished we ordered what they did. 

Thank God, His kitchen doesn't need a menu. 

Thank God, He did not leave us by ourselves to choose what's right for us. 

Thank God, He doesn't answer all our prayers. 

Thank God, He does not only provide for our food, He has also taken the great
responsibility of "cooking" what is best for us. 

Lucado describes the food that God cooks: "Some days, the plate runs over. God
keeps bringing out more food and we keep loosening our belt. A promotion. A
privilege. A friendship. A gift. A lifetime of grace. There are times when we
literally push ourselves back from the table, amazed at God's kindness . . .
and then there are those days when, well, when we have to eat our broccoli (or
ampalaya, in our case). 

Our daily bread could be tears of sorrow or of discipline." But there are
times, too, when God surprises us with "ice cream" and "a few bars of
chocolates." Indeed, we encounter various courses prepared by God in our plate
of experiences. 

Friends, another secret to obtaining answers to our prayers is to trust and
desire God's choices and His timetable. George Truett says, "To know the will
of God is the greatest knowledge! To do the will of God is the greatest
achievement." 

How to Trust the Great Cook
 
  1. Wait to be served. That means, do not be hasty in demanding your orders.
Take time to ask for the heart of God for your life. God is not just working
on our days; He has a plan for our entire lifetime.
 
  2. No need to help the Cook. Honestly, we do sometimes go ahead of God and
try to do things our own way without even considering whether it is His will
or not. No need to tell him whether to add a lit bit more of this or that. 

  3. Trust the Cook. Whether it be ampalaya, tinola, or ice cream ... trust
God's goodness. He will not make you eat what is poison. His will is good,
pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2,3). 

Psalm 27 says, "I would have despaired, unless I had believed that I would see
the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Be strong and let your
heart take courage. Wait for the Lord. Yes, wait for the Lord." 

- Anne Dingcong

 
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