Megan Gordon , of asweetspoonful.com and Marge Granola, writes about her fabulous food, runs a business, and is about to have a baby, and whenever a post from her site drops in my inbox, I almost immediately open it. It’s like it is a scratch and sniff experience. I could taste these apple squares as I read the recipe the other day, and with dozens of freshly picked apples on my kitchen table right now, a little baking was in order. At the point in the assembly of the recipe when I took that picture, the directions said this:
Scrape the batter into the pan and smooth the top as evenly as you can–it will be bumpy; that’s its nature.
I glanced from the recipe to my concoction and said, Yup. it’s bumpy alright. But even though my finished product didn’t come out as glistening as the idyllic photo on her website (see hers below), I loved how it came out. It did not disappoint.
Do you have sources you trust, authors you always read, car makes that you always choose, or brands of shoes that are your go-to favorites? Why do we trust certain sources? Because they come through for us. For me, ever since I’ve owned Whole Grain Mornings, I’ve been hooked. I knew that this writer was the type of cook I would always love making with. She has never let me down. But of course, we’ve never met, and there’s never been anything serious at stake – unless you count Madagascar vanilla and pistachios.
Trust is hard when you live like there’s so very much to lose. Like recipe’s, in relationships I stick to what I know most of the time. My handful of best friends sparkle with gifts and goodness. and I love them dysfunctionally much, but I have a new close friend who is so amazing too! There is a whole world over in her storied hands just waiting for me to enter in. Each time I am in the new-friend zone, there is always that moment when something bends the wrong way, catching me by surprise and making me have to press in or pull away. The trust twitch. Will I or won’t I?
I was reading this morning about Rahab, a pivotal character in Joshua’s story. Take time to read about her in Joshua 2 for a great picture of her personality and boldness (her story goes on past that but I like that part a lot). Many wiser than I have commented on the story of Rahab, a prostitute, bargaining with Joshua for their mutual gain. Of course she was brave, she was hungry for redemption. Rahab bet the farm to help Joshua and his men infiltrate Jericho, but I have a feeling it was not nearly as great a risk as I once thought. Why did Rahab trust Joshua’s men and let them stay in her house when her own people were looking to exterminate them? Her trust was in the fact that they were men of God, and God had proven he was with them.
Now then, please swear to me by the LORD that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign 13 that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them, and that you will save us from death.” 14 “Our lives for your lives!” the men assured her. “If you don’t tell what we are doing, we will treat you kindly and faithfully when the LORD gives us the land.” 15 So she let them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall.Joshua 2:12-15
I love this model of trust. For Rahab, trusting these guys was trusting them to be true to their reputation and the God who was for them. How risky was that really? Trust is not a risk when it’s faith in a sure thing.
Special thanks today to Megan Gordon, for the inspiration
and for the recipes that I keep on loving!