Yolks and Folks! (Angel in the Kitchen)

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Not long ago, we compared past mistakes and failures to scrambled eggs, reminding you that what’s done can’t be undone — so you need to forget the past and focus on the future. To ensure you don’t get bored with what we’re serving up in Angel in the Kitchen, we’ve decided to move on to a totally new topic offering fresh insights. We’re done with scrambled eggs. Today, we discuss omelets! How’s that for being different? (Hey, our humor can be eggs-quisitely painful.)

What can the omelet teach us? Before we dish out that info, let’s first learn some cool facts about eggs. (Trust us, we’re not stalling. This will all tie in later.)

Eggs are a very versatile food: they can be boiled, poached, pickled, fried, scrambled, deviled, made into omelets, blended into shakes, or added to cakes, pies, puddings and soufflés. And if you’re Rocky Balboa, you can crack six of them into a tumbler and drink ’em down raw before you go out to jog the streets of Philly. (Yo, Adrian, I did it!)

There are many types of eggs used in recipes, the most popular being hen eggs. There are around eight varieties of hen eggs. Other types include quail eggs, ostrich eggs, emu eggs, duck eggs, and Guinea Fowl eggs. There are different colors, too. Hen eggs can be white, speckled, or range from buff to light golden brown to a dark reddish brown. There’s even a green-tinted egg, the Ameraucana. Eggs also come in different sizes. An average size Ostrich egg is about 13 centimeters or 6 inches and weighs roughly 3 pounds. One of these babies is equal to 12 extra large hen eggs, so you could feed breakfast to a family of four using a single egg. Of course, Ostrich eggs may be hazardous to your health; ostriches are good parents, and they can run over 40 mph! Oh, and they have really big feet to stomp you with!

The smallest bird egg comes from the bee hummingbird, and averages about a quarter-inch. Not much food in these, but come on, who wants to deprive the world of another cute little hummingbird?

For the purpose of making a point, we’ll stick to hen eggs in the preparation of our omelet today. Interestingly, despite the difference in the color of their shells, which do nothing more than indicate the type of hen they came from, all hen eggs are pretty much the same. Inside, their yolks are yellow and they have the same nutrional value. Lots of info, but what’s our point? A very simple one, which we hope to reinforce by sharing all these cool facts. Namely, people are like eggs. We come in all sizes and colors. We come from different ethnic groups and nationalities, just as cooking eggs come from many different types of fowl. Yet we are all equal.

And what’s really amazing about eggs AND people? If you have a mind to — we repeat — if you have a mind to, you can blend the many differing types and colors into a single delicious “omelet.” Once you do, you won’t be able to distinguish which eggs were used. Looks like an omelet. Tastes like an omelet. Hey, it is an omelet!

God desires all of humankind to blend together in the same way. We’re all the same inside, so why can’t we join together? We may have slightly different flavors (strengths, gifts, abilities, backgrounds and experiences), but those differing flavors can blend together beautifully in an omelet (family or church,  organization or community). Throw in some Holy Spirit seasoning, and we’ll have one incredibly palatable world.

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28 NIV)

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Geriatric Giant Slayers! (Diet for Dreamers)

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In last our few adventures, we stated that waiting for opportunity’s knock is a process during which we need to prepare and learn to trust God. We also pointed out that although God’s timing is perfect, we sometimes need to face the unsettling truth that some dreams take a very long time. We don’t give up, though! We keep waiting.

But exactly how long do we wait? Simple answer: as long as it takes. But what if I grow old while waiting? Complex answer: first, age (and the concept of “old”) is relative. What you think is old might be young to us; and what you consider young may seem old to others. God doesn’t seem to take age into consideration when working in people’s lives, so neither should we. Besides, if you’re still kicking, you’re not too old to fulfill your dreams.

You think we’re being optimistic. Well, we are. But what can be gained by being pessimistic? Nada. Plus, we have some great examples of people who seemed way too old to fulfill their dreams, but who in fact weren’t! That is, they WERE old — no doubt about it — but not too old to achieve their goals.

First up: the Biblical Patriarch Abraham and his wife Sarah wanted a son. A son, in the Hebrew culture, represented the future: a male heir to continue the family name and tradition. So this couple’s dream was to leave a legacy; and they had good reason to believe their dream would someday come true, because God had actually promised Abraham it would; that he’d have a son and, through that son, leave an incredible legacy. Okay, have a son, big deal. Well, it was a big deal, because Sarah couldn’t seem to bear children.

Abraham and Sarah waited for the promise to be fulfilled. And then they waited some more. Each morning, the same thing — no, not today. Oh, and uh, tomorrow’s not looking too good, either. But they trusted God, and continued to wait … for years and years! While they waited, they continued to work and prepare for their future, always trusting and staying faithful to God. How many of us could do that? Only Abraham, which is why the Bible regards him as the Father of Faith.

But even Abraham was beginning to wonder WHEN? the promise was going to be fulfilled! After all, he was 99 years old, and his wife was so far past the age of childbearing that things now looked scientifically impossible. Then one day, God simply announced, “It’s time!” Actually, the Bible states, “…Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time….” (Genesis 21:2 NASB)

Two major things you need to take away from this piece of history: first, God fulfilled the promise in an “appointed time”! God had a plan and His plan was perfect! And His timing was perfect, too! (Remember this, while you’re waiting.) God needed to get Abraham to a certain place at a certain time and with certain life experiences. Second, God’s perfect timing came when Abraham and Sarah were –in the eyes of those around them — as old as spit! In God’s eyes, however, they weren’t too old. With God, age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter!

It certainly didn’t matter to Caleb! He was one of the twelve spies sent to reconnoiter the Promised Land. Do you have a promised land? A place or level you want to be? Caleb and Joshua returned from their promised land to tell Moses that there were giants standing between them and where they wanted to be. Caleb and Joshua wanted to go back immediately and slay those giants, but the other ten, pessimistic and spineless spies convinced the people to stay where they were — in the wilderness.

45 years laters, Caleb finally got his opportunity to slay the giants! Once the Hebrews entered and began taking their promised land, there remained one terrifying territory where a formidable race of giants still walked the earth. These giants lived in great fortified cities positioned atop several hills. Now, if you know anything about military strategy, you know it’s harder to take out an enemy entrenched on the high ground, let alone giant enemies behind fortified battlements. But Caleb went to his old friend Joshua, and said, “…Give me this hill country (promised by the Lord) … and I shall drive them out….” (Joshua 14:12 NASB)

Joshua consented, so at the age of 85, Caleb set out to take his own, personal promised land. Caleb, the geriatric giant slayer, wasn’t about to let anything stand in the way of his dream, not giants, not naysayers, not old age!

“But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord. You are my God. My times are in Your hand.” (Psalm 31:14-15)

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