We’re Being Cooked to Perfection
“But He knows the way that I take [He has concern for it, appreciates, and pays attention to it]. When He has tried me, I shall come forth as refined gold [pure and luminous].” Job 23:10 (AMP)
A master chef knows that, whatever the dish; the finished product that they have prepared will have already experienced numerous “test runs”. The master chef knows aforehand exactly what the end product will look like. They also are very knowledgeable concerning their finished masterpieces. They are very well versed regarding each ingredient that they will use; as well as the time needed for preparation and cooking. The “perfect” dish when presented will look nothing like it did during its prep or cooking times. However, because the master chef already knows what the end product will be, they are not concerned about its appearance during the prep stages, nor during the cooking stages. They know that “time” is a necessary component. Therefore, it doesn’t matter how quickly the end product is needed – the “cooking time” can’t be decreased. Each added ingredient must be given the proper amount of time to release its self and then to blend with the other ingredients. A master chef will patiently wait for their creation to be cooked to perfection. Why? Because they already have a mental picture of what will appear as the end product. So when they look are the array of ingredients before them– they can become excited; because they KNOW what the end result will be when it has finally been cooked to perfection.
God, as our master chef, already knows each and every one of us. He knows exactly what He has placed on the inside of each of us. Therefore, whatever you are now experiencing - you are in the process of becoming His masterpiece. You are in the process of being “cooked to perfection”! If it seems as though your time in the oven has been long; be encouraged. That is only an indication that your potential is of a greater magnitude than even you are aware of. God will never permit a cake to burn or a roast to dry out! We are all being cooked to perfection. The fire seems intense; and it is. Your journey may seem… just downright CRAZY!... AND IT IS!! However…. Just…Be encouraged!! Sometimes we will often add “opposite” ingredients such as lemon and sugar or oil and water to the same mixture – and they will complement each other! Your journey is the same. It will be composed of an array of situations that don’t appear to be complementary … and they aren’t! However, just be reassured that our Master Chef knows exactly which ingredients are needed to be blended into our lives that will cause us to “come forth as pure gold”!
So remember, some foods need to be simmered – while others can be stir-fried. Some foods need to go through the process of being chopped; others diced; and still others pureed or mashed. Whatever process you are now experiencing, just know that you are being prepared… and when the proper prep applications have been accomplished – you will then be placed in your cooking chamber. However, remember, you will not remain in your cooking chamber one minute too long. When your cooking time is completed you will be removed because you have been…. cooked to perfection!
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:….." 1 John 3:2