Hope & Encouragement

It is Good

After a whirlwind of a week last week {cough, cough, I released a book!} I returned to my kitchen this week and started on my next project and tested some new recipes. I had a new apron that arrived this week and I was curious to try it out. Before I go on, yes, it’s a thing to try out an apron. You don’t want it to impede your movement, be a risk with any ties or decorations hanging off it, and personally, I like ones with a pocket and they have to be washable. Anyway, I tied on my apron and was draining a can of chickpeas to make a salad when I started thinking about how much I love to create something wonderful in my kitchen. I imagined what it must have been like for God to create the heavens and the earth. On the sixth day, we read, “…And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:25)

Why is it in our culture, good isn’t good enough? We (myself included) are always looking for higher praise…great job, amazing work, fabulous food, etc. Did you know the word ‘good’ is used over 700 times in the Bible? In Hebrew, the word is tov, a simple but expansive word. I don’t know about you, but when I get to heaven, I want to hear, “well done good and faithful servant.” I don’t want all the hype…just those 6 words. 

There is a part of me, my flesh, which loves the praise, especially with my food. I can honestly say I don’t know how accepting I would be of someone using the complement, “good food” when describing something I made. Most likely, I would begin to ask a barrage of questions…Was it too salty? Did it have too much spice? Was it overcooked/undercooked? Was it not hot enough? The list would go on and on.  

However, as I grow in my faith and wisdom, I am realizing if good is enough for God, why isn’t it good enough for me? I remember growing up I would always hear, “God is Good”, but never really understood what it meant. God created the heavens, the Earth, the living creatures, the plants, breathed life into man, etc. If He can see that it was good, why don’t we? Why don’t we see everything God is for us…Father, Creator, King, etc., and everything He gives us…grace, love, forgiveness, gentleness, etc? We must continue to grow in trust and faith in order to understand the full scope of good. 

As I get back to my ‘happy place’ this week, I will remember that good is a simple but powerful word and I pray I can be a good servant and create good food

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