I have a confession. I have a Food Network “Chopped” problem. With no baseball, and nothing else of any redeeming, uplifting, value to watch on my 1000 channels of cable television, it is pretty much the only thing I watch. There is something mesmerizing and amazing in how you take a basket of items that I did not even know existed, and certainly would never think of eating, and in the hands of a Master Chef, under time pressure, they create this amazing plate of food. It reminds me a lot of what life is like for us today.
When we look at all the problems we are facing – the threat of harm from the virus, loss of jobs and income from businesses being shut down, personal inconveniences of being quarantined at home, loneliness from not being around other people, the uncertainty of when life will get back to normal – right now life looks to me a lot like the basket of ingredients Chopped chefs are given to make something out of. There are not a whole lot of familiar-looking things in my “basket of life” right now for me to figure out what I can make out of my situation. But that is where Jesus comes in.
In Matthew 8:23-27, the disciples are with Jesus in a boat and “there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but Jesus was asleep.” The disciples looked at their circumstances and had no way to control it and no way to get themselves out of it. In their panic and desperation, they woke up Jesus and asked Him to save them. His response was as startling as the storm. He said “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then Jesus rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
Can you imagine what was going through the disciples’ minds? They were asking themselves the same questions I would have been asking: “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” The answer to the disciples question is: He is the Son of God; the Creator of the universe, through whom all things were made. (John 1:3). Jesus is the Master of all creation. He is our Lord and Savior.
While life’s storms, its uncertainties and unfamiliarity, can feel overwhelming to us right now, like a basket of unknown ingredients in the hands of a master chef, life’s unknowns in the hands of our Master of Creation are nothing to Him. He will take whatever life has to offer us and make something good out of it for His Glory when we give it over to Him.
Whatever ingredients life is giving you to work with in these troubled days – take them to Jesus and be prepared to be amazed at the incredible creation He is able to make out of your life circumstances.
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Psalm 34:7-8
Share a taste of the goodness of His creation from your life’s circumstances with someone else this week.
Blessings Church – Pastor Dario