I remember that time I cooked for Jess.
I remember the time I challenged myself to cook a meal from whatever ingredients were left over in the fridge. It was my own mystery box challenge!
Although some may think I look like the world famous chef Curtis Stone, my cooking skills wouldn't even match his worst mistakes! After presenting the meal I prepared for Jess, she graciously picked her way through the indecipherable clumps until she 'had enough'.
In contrast to this disaster early in our marriage (how we survived I don't know!), Jess and I went out for a dinner in Fitzroy a few months ago to enjoy a meal prepared by the professionals. These guys knew what they were doing and obviously had access to the best ingredients available. It was the best we have ever tasted!
This contrast in quality of food preparation gives just a taste (excuse the pun!) of the vast difference between the future we attempt to plan for ourselves and the future God prepares for us:
'No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him' – 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NLT)
God knows you more intimately than you know yourself. He exists beyond the limits of time and has access to the unlimited resources of heaven, and He uses these ingredients to prepare your future!
It's a loving relationship with God that opens the doors to this limitless adventure. Following the whisper of the Holy Spirit will lead you to places and into a purpose greater than you could ever imagine!
This verse in 1 Corinthians quotes Isaiah who phrases this same truth with a slightly different angle, saying that God 'works for those who wait for him'. This word 'wait' in the Hebrew language literally communicates the idea of piercing an earring through the ear.
Although God has prepared the best meal, there will also be seasons of waiting. It's during these testing times that we need to literally pierce ourselves into God, refusing to let go of His promise no matter how contradicting the season may seem.
As you wait on God to prepare your future, you will discover that He will do 'awesome deeds beyond our highest expectations!' – Isaiah 64:3 (NLT)