Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
During my most recent stay with my mother, I note there are some ripening bananas on the kitchen island just begging to be transformed into banana bread. Mom has a plethora of cookbooks, but as I peruse some of them, I'm at a loss as to finding a reliable recipe. As my husband, Danny, doesn't care for banana bread, it's been years since I've made any.
"Mom," I say, "I'd like to make you some banana bread before I leave, but I can't find a recipe. Can you look through your cookbooks for one?"
"No problem," says Mom as she retrieves her reliable Joy of Cooking from the shelf. "I'm sure it's here; it's the one I always used."
She searches the contents and flips through the pages. "It's right there," Mom confirms within a matter of moments, leaving the cookbook open to the sought-after recipe. "Now can you heat me up some coffee?"
I do just that, but pause to take a look at the cookbook page.
It sports the evidence of many years of wear and tear, stains and blemishes.
Much loved. Much used. I think I can't go wrong with this one!
But I get a bit discombobulated because I'm trying to bake the bread at the same time as I am nurturing a beef-vegetable soup on the stove. Mom's oven/kitchen timers don't know the difference from one another, so I'm left to guess the time remaining for the banana bread to be done.
Whew! Here's hoping I don't burn it!
Much to my surprise and delight, not only does the beef-veggie soup come up to snuff, but the banana bread does, too!
Mom and I indulge in some most satisfactory slices from this, thankfully, successful endeavor.
And I am left to ponder the wisdom of "old" recipes, the oldest of which for our hands to grasp being the Holy Bible. God's recipes for our lives never age. His Word is the same today as yesterday, and will remain so for all the tomorrows yet to come. His ingredients of love, grace, forgiveness, and faithfulness will never end.
God is the Joy in all our lives' cooking, and then some!
Do you have a tried and true recipe to share? Please feel free to post in the comments!
Prayer: Father, we thank You for the unending and everlasting truth You give us in the Bible. May Your words simmer and bake in our lives so that we might serve the world the food and nourishment of Your Spirit. Let us be content in knowing that in Your time, all will be accomplished through Christ Jesus. It is in His name, we pray. Amen.