I love Fall. It is hands-down my favorite season. Football, cooler weather, changing colors, anticipation of the holiday season and soup. I really like soup and really like an excuse to cook soup. To be honest, I like to cook anything any time of year, but there is something special about slowly cooking something for hours and letting the flavors all combine and work with each other. My time in the restaurant business gave me a deep love and appreciation for cooking. Plus, I really like to eat!
A few years ago, the Wells household started what we like to call “Slow-cookin’ Saturday.” This typically happens in the fall and throughout the winter months because most of the recipes are soups, stews or braised dishes. Not something you want on a 95-degree day in July. This past weekend, we finally had weather worthy of a “Slow-cookin’ Saturday” so I made some potato soup. Layering flavors one on top of the next brings me a ton of joy. Bacon, then celery, onions and carrots, potatoes, stock, salt, pepper, milk, cream. Mmmmm.
What I love about cooking is the ability to combine a bunch of random items in the right way to yield a beautiful and delicious outcome. I see the same beauty reflected in Psalm 139:13-16:
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”
God is a good cook. Intricately weaving all of us together — taking different pieces and parts and making something beautiful. None of it is an accident, it was all done purposefully to bring Him glory.
What’s more, He then combines all these beautiful creations into the body of Christ — the ultimate soup! Different parts and pieces come together for beautiful outcomes like rallying around Refugees or serving our community at Hands2Serve. Again, none of it is an accident, He’s placed us all here at Hope with our specific gifts to do something beautiful in our community. As we see in Romans 12:4-5:
“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”
I’d challenge you this week to slow down — maybe take a different way to work — and appreciate what God has created. Thank Him for His creation. Then ask how He wants to use you in His soup this week. And if you have any good soup recipes I should try, please send me an email — email@example.com.