Tuesday, August 27, 2019
"But he answered one of them, 'I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn't you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you.' So the last will be first, and the first will be last."
Yep! That's me in the picture above when it comes to bacon, no exaggeration! Hot, warm or cold, I'll eat bacon whenever and where ever it's offered. Just call me the "Baconator!"
So, it's no surprise that I fry up a batch every so often. Not too often, mind you, as I don't desire it to become a daily thing, but often enough to get my fill of that smoky, crunchy, salty goodness.
What I've noticed over the countless times I've fixed bacon, is how long it takes for the first strips placed in the pan to cook to the appropriate color and crispness. It seems like an eternity!
But when fresh strips are added to the pan, they are quicker to reach the required level of "done."
As you've probably already deduced, it's the fat rendered off, slowly but surely, by the initial bacon strips that aids in the faster frying of the newcomers. Note the bacon on the left side of the pan in the next photo. It is added probably about seven or eight minutes after the four starters in the center, but it appears almost as done as they are!
Almost seems unfair to the pioneers who did most of the work in readying the pan, doesn't it?
Yet, in the parable of the vineyard workers, Jesus turns our human conception of fairness on its head. Whether we learn about God's love and grace as a child on our mother's lap, languishing in our last days, or at any point in between, God loves each and every one of us equally. No differentiation. No favoritism.
Just full acceptance as His child.
And like the bacon, which is delightful from first piece to last, so we are delightful to our Father, when we believe in and follow His Son.
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