It Can’t Always Be Pancakes and Pastries
“Mom, do we have to have oatmeal porridge again?” If I had had my way I would have eaten pancakes and pastries every morning and skipped porridge all together! I moaned and complained but Mom never gave in. Unless it was the weekend, porridge it was. Mom knew best. Eventually I grew up, left home, got married and had a kitchen of my own. Baby number one was on the way and, as often is the case, I had a classic case of pregnancy cravings. Ironically, I craved oatmeal porridge and not just for breakfast I ate it for supper too!
So it is with life. It can’t always be “pancakes and pastries.” God knows best. High emotions, the “mountain top experiences,” aren’t sustainable. Often they are associated with being “right” with God and when they fade or are completely absent we are tempted to believe God has left too. But is that so? Emphatically no! In fact it’s the everyday “porridge,” that nourishes the soul. “Be still and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10 For it is then that we can hear God softly whisper in our ear. “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. …” Isaiah 41:10
Our walk with God must be more than a state of euphoria that comes and goes. It needs nourishment. Like my Dad would say about oatmeal porridge, “It sticks to your ribs.” James said similar about the “porridge” kind of days. “for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.(James 1:3 ESV)”
As we grow in our spiritual walk we may be surprised to view the “porridge days” in a new light. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that we crave them but definitely view them as valuable. It is then that we begin to understand why James could say, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. (James 1:2-3 NLT)
Thank you God for Porridge days!