My wife and I recently subscribed to one of those mail order meal providers. You choose what you want and a box arrives on your doorstep with all the ingredients. Included, of course, is a step by step recipe.
I’ve never been much for recipes. My mom was old-school. She had it all in her head. She whipped a meal together all the while taste-testing and adjusting as she went. It worked for her and I figured it would work for me. It didn’t. I figured I was just a bad cook until I learned the lesson – trust the recipe and follow the directions.
So, one day I decided to take the plunge and see if this recipe thing was all it was cooked up to be. While my wife does the majority of the cooking, I offered to give her a break. On that day’s menu was chicken and dumplings.
Note: I’m from the north. I had never had chicken and dumplings (I can hear the gasps of all you good southern cooks). Therefore, I had never made chicken and dumplings. This was going to be a real test of my skills. But I forged on intent on one thing – trust the recipe and follow the directions.
I prepared the chicken stock. I mixed up the dumpling dough. It all seemed so easy. And then I came to the step where you drop the dough into the stock. This made no sense to me. I couldn’t see how this had any hope of working out. I repeated to myself – trust the recipe and follow the directions. I dropped the dough and covered the pot for the allotted time anxiously waiting to see what would happen. I lifted the lid and to my amazement the dumplings had perfectly formed. I gingerly turned them and allowed them to finish cooking.
When all was said and done, my chicken and dumplings looked just like the picture. I must say that these were the best chicken and dumplings I had ever had! I know that’s not saying much since these were the first, but my wife and sons agreed I had done a pretty good job.
The secret to my success – trust the recipe and follow the directions.
That Sunday in our Bible class we read about Joshua and the victory at Jericho. Joshua was not a military genius, but he had learned the same secret to success. Although marching around a city seven times and blowing trumpets probably made no sense to Joshua, he trusted the recipe and followed the directions and the walls came tumblin’ down.
Noah was not a boat builder, but he trusted the recipe and followed the directions and survived the flood.
David was not from a royal family, but he trusted the recipe and followed the directions and became the great king of Israel.
Peter was not a public speaker, but he trusted the recipe and followed the directions and thousands came to faith.
I must admit that some of the things Jesus tells us to do make no sense. I hear his words and wonder if there’s any chance of this working out. I need to repeat to myself – trust the recipe and follow the directions.
Trust the recipe and follow the directions.