This is a guest post by Michelle Harris Suter. Wife, Mother of three and Follower of Christ.
Priscilla Shirer began her day of teaching last Saturday with this visual…”God has prepared an enormous banquet for you but you have to get your own plate, fork, knife and cup and take a seat at the table in order to benefit from this grand meal.” I like what she’s saying already. God has the goods, but we must take action as well to take advantage of it all.
The day was full of great teaching, studying the story of Elijah, his prophesy in front of King Ahab and notorious Queen Jezebel, his escape to the brook where he was miraculously cared for by ravens and shielded from King Ahab’s search party. We looked at his transformation from leaning on his own ability to trusting God through impossible circumstances to see miracles happen — God ability. 1 Kings 17 and 18. Go read it! I loved how many great visuals Priscilla brought to light through this passage.
I am a visual person, cannot sit and read directions, just show me how to do it, right? Beside “setting the table” she talked about “slow cooking with Jesus” taking time to go through the process with Jesus so that he builds the character in us needed to do the tasks He’s prepared for us. Ephesians 2:10
She told a story of her son who found a treasured acorn in the bottom of a mason jar, but when he tried to retrieve it, his clenched fist wouldn’t fit through the mouth of the jar. Sometimes God asks us to let go of something because He sees the bigger picture that we can’t. Sometimes we need to separate ourselves from something that might be keeping us from the next step in our process with Jesus. The idea being, trust God and let go. Can you see why I enjoyed all this so much? Setting the table, slow cooking, mason jars….this southern girl is hooked.
The last image to leave you with was her morning cup of tea. She talked about her tea kettle, how she starts the water and walks away to work on something else, coming back when the water is ready. On one particular day she decided to stand by the tea kettle waiting for the water to heat. At the first sign of steam, she poured her cup only to find her tea lukewarm after just a few minutes. I loved this, because she mentioned that we do this with God, we don’t always walk through the process of being prepared, developed — heated up, that we head off to fight the giants at the first sign of steam. “Everyone wants to be sent, not everyone wants to be separated to walk through each stage of the process so that our character will be ready for the task.”
There’s a lot for me to still think and pray about, but this makes me ask, where am I in the process? What do I need to let go of in order to move forward? Gonna go get my plate and fork and sit at the table for a while.