I wrote this a few weeks ago, keeps coming to mind, so I’d like to share!
Today I’ve been learning about nuts. I was so happy to receive an amazing cook book for my birthday. It has some fun recipes in it. One of which is how to make my very own almond milk. I’m not a big fan of dairy, so I quite like the idea of funky alternative milks. Before the almonds are processed with water, the author advises to ‘activate’ them. I thought: what on earth does that mean?! She goes on to explain the procedure. Nuts contain toxins and are difficult for our body to digest, so ‘activating’ them enables them to be much healthier for our body. The process requires them to be soaked in water for half a day, before being toasted in the oven for the other half of the day.
At the end of my day I find myself waiting on Jesus, for food from His heart. He reminded me of these nuts. It seemed quite silly to me, at first, to soak them for so long. I can be quite impatient, and just want to get on with making the actual food! But, it seemed the nuts required at least a whole day before they would be ready. A long time, right?
But here is the key thing: oh how the way of our Jesus can be just the same sometimes?! First, He gives us an idea and a passion, and we want to run straight into it. Sometimes this is the right thing to do; to leave all we have and run for gold. Of course, He’ll show us when to do this. On the other hand, sometimes His wisdom is to wait and be prepared. We ask, but why, what’s the point?
I hope you like my almond story, because I am drawing some creative parallels! Here goes. You see, I am finding there is something so significant which happens during a time of preparation. It is a time of receiving, a time of soaking in the goodness of Jesus, of feasting on Him, of toasting in His love…of being activated and energised by Holy Spirit: an energy which will never run out. If like me (and the nuts), you find yourself in this season now, it’s a special one. It’s something to be deeply treasured. I am learning to treasure this. I am learning that Jesus is so devoted to me, that He would come, and take me away to a hidden, humble place with Him. It is to a place where I get the privilege of basking in who He is, to let go of myself, and embrace His ways. I think it is a divine impartation, a collision of heaven and earth. A concentrated time where just anything could happen, where mental capacities are exploded, thought patterns realigned and dreams ignited! His fire of love is right at the centre.
Those little almond nuts, bless them, were not moving around as they soaked and baked (I am aware nuts do not normally move). They were doing very little at all. They were simply at rest. It is a picture of us, I think, as we wait on Him in awe and wonder. It looks silly to the world. What is the point? You can’t see from the outside what is going on. But deep inside the great Artist is at work; loving, giving, serving, remoulding…I had to lay aside my own understanding when I threw those nuts into the water, and then into the oven. I had to follow the instructions and simply trust (well, I didn’t have to, but for the sake of what I am saying…). All we need to do is live in tune with the whisper of our Father. We don’t need to understand what it is He’s saying. We just need to trust. To trust, and to enjoy. He has so much to take us into, to show us and to teach us. May you hear His sweet invitation to go slow and rest with Him as He calls, that it be a very rich time indeed!