Preparing A Feast

Preparing A Feast

By Cheryl McCloud

I love to cook and bake. I'm always searching for new recipes to try. I enjoy seeing my family sample each creation as I shoot for a "wow" reaction.

I'm not a creative cook, able to take a pinch of that and a dash of this and come up with something phenomenal. So I'm always on the lookout for cookbooks at yard sales, or dipping into the Internet for something new to try. I'm especially interested in trying recipes that combine that elusive combination of being both delicious and healthy!

It's reached the point that my bookshelves are bending under the weight and some family members are threatening an intervention to stop my growing cookbook collection.

I really take to heart the Proverbs 31 woman. Verse 15 says:

"She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants."

I love how the enjoyment I get in providing for my family reflects God's delight in providing for us.

Psalm 36:7-9 says, "They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights."

I can't say that I always see the provisions He provides. This has been a year where I've been more of the woman begging for crumbs from His table (Matthew 15:27) as I walk through one valley after another.

I can't tell you how much I've leaned on Him -- or hidden under His wing -- as one storm after another has pounded me. But He promises us “He'll always be with us and He Will Provide.” 

And best yet, He doesn't do so like the headmaster in a Charles Dicken's tale. He provides generously, abundantly. He's the one who throws open the door, gives me a giant hug and leads me to that table, and then urges me to try each special dish He delighted in preparing just for me.

He’s waiting for you, too. Peering out the window, anxious for your arrival. Are you on your way?