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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Season(s) of a year or life (01/13/11)

TITLE: Well-Seasoned


To understand this season of change in my life I need to leave ready-to-serve pat answers on the shelf and dust off Grandma’s recipe book. Her method for accepting life changes was simply to focus on the door that opens rather than on the door that has just closed.

Unlike the cliché “when one door closes another door opens”, I found myself entering a different room without leaving the room I was in; both doors remained gaping open like my mouth. Hence, it has been my least favourite saying.

Work, study and ministry filled the past three years. I spent a lot of time focusing on others; something my grandmother encouraged me to do. I kept a busy but flexible routine so I could fit everything into my daily schedule. I had buried myself in my busyness to make a new part of my life blend with the old. I was on a mission. I enjoyed what I was doing and where it would take me. However, a sequence of unexpected events abruptly changed my daily routine—and my future.

My grandmother once told me that if you must serve up something different, you need different ingredients. Change can be hard to accept, especially when we are hurled into a direction or place we hadn’t expected. When these incidents become numerous we can easily find ourselves gorging on self-pity.

One of Grandma’s favourite recipes is one I tend to forget, yet one that I should use regularly. It goes like this:

Using an open vessel, place a spoonful of winter to extinguish those anxieties.
Sprinkle in some summer’s sun to clear away the clouds.
Add a generous dollop of spring for new opportunities.
Make sure the mixture is well-seasoned with promises from God’s Word.
Mix all the ingredients together with prayer.
Bake in a hot furnace for whatever time is needed.
Allow to cool before glazing with a nurtured layer of autumn rest.

Daniel 2:21 says, “He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.” (NIV)

I realize that if God can change the seasons and use me in the seasons of my life, then He’ll be also there to ensure all will proceed according to His plan. Going to a place where I’ll probably need thermal underwear in the winter months and local traffic jams are frequent, is not my idea of an agreeable change. However, if I am willing to be an open vessel and allow God to combine the right ingredients, and be well seasoned in His Word, I’ll experience His wisdom and His knowledge to create something different in this new season of my life.

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Colin Swann01/21/11
Very, very interesting and well written. Grandma was quite a lady!
Lyn Churchyard01/21/11

I love what your Grandma said; there is so much wisdom and comfort in it. Just as well too, because sometimes, just when we think we have it worked out, our Father throws another path on our roadmap like He has with you.

Sometimes, the Father’s instructions don’t make sense at the time, but they are always for our benefit, and for His glory.

You have a lot of changes happening Chrissy; big moves too. Thank you for reminding us through your own life, that God is in control ALL the time. :-)
Brenda Rice 01/21/11
Good writing in my book. I like your grandma's formula. Plan to mix up some of my own. Blessings
Henry Clemmons01/22/11
I really loved this, Chrissy! The beginning/opening was top notch and Grandmother's recipe was true enjoyment. A very encouraging entry; one I enjoyed every word of. Great job.
Laury Hubrich 01/22/11
What an awesome legacy your grandma left you and you passed on to us. Nice job!
Virgil Youngblood 01/22/11
Moving is never fun but everywhere I moved I made new friends and didn't lose any of the old ones. If we write what we know about, just think of all the new material you will soon have. Best wishes for delightful new experiences.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/22/11
It sounds like your Grandma was very wise. I enjoyed this devotion and would guess you are more ready to embrace your next season than you think!
Beth LaBuff 01/23/11
Oh for more of Grandmother's wisdom. I loved reading of your Grandmother's. I also love that verse from Daniel… It's so comforting and full of hope. Your message wrapped around me like one of Grandma's warm blankets.
Rachel Phelps01/23/11
Wonderful writing and a wonderful message. The "recipe" is a delight. Lovely!
Amy Michelle Wiley 01/23/11
Love the recipe! Good attitude going into this new season. Will be praying that God brings unexpected blessings.
Carol Slider 01/24/11
Grandma's recipe is a good one for all the seasons of our life. Thanks for sharing her wisdom with us!
Verna Cole Mitchell 01/24/11
I think I would have loved to know your grandma. This works very well as a devotional.
Edmond Ng 01/25/11
I understand the feeling very well about the sudden multiple changes that sometimes interrupt our lives, because I am going through lots of changes for the past many months. Yes, I've been hurled into directions I do not expect and I am still struggling to adapt.

Your grandma's advice is good. If we must serve up something different, we certainly need different ingredients. Thank you for sharing this. I certainly need to be an open vessel for God to combine the right ingredients.