Just had to share....this past weekend, I was cooking a contest. It was a BCA contest which has 3 meats, Ribs, Chicken and Brisket with 1.5 hours between turn ins.... It was getting close to chicken time, and I wrapped my ribs. Now, here’s a secret for ya... I cook some chicken thighs above the ribs so that they drip and baste them while they are unwrapped... So I have these amazing chicken thighs. I typically de-bone them and take the meat home for chicken salad or chicken jambalaya. Anyways, I have this piping hot, moist and delicious thigh meat sitting in the pan and head out of the trailer to check on something. I notice a young woman taking pictures of the event and she comments... “man, it smells amazing out here”... and I respond, “hey, come over here and I’ll give you a taste of this great chicken”... so she comes over and I give her a piece. She melts. She is telling me how amazing and wonderful it is. She goes on to tell me that she is the Executive Director for the charity that the cook-off is benefiting. So I tell her to take the whole pan. Took some convincing, but she agreed because she didn’t want to take it all. Having her attention, the Holy Spirit moves me to tell her the “Thank YOU Fairy” story of Brooke. When I get done, and hand her the card, she begins to cry... a good cry. She tells me that she has been crying out to God to help her know, that what she is doing is what He wants her doing.... and our little visit WAS her answer. She then says the most amazing thing.... she asks... What was your name? and before I could say a word, she says..... “never mind...I heard God through YOU!” I was..... blown away... Never mind.... I heard God through YOU! and I just kept pondering those words..... On face value, you could take offense, but that NEVER entered my mind... it was like she was saying, who you are is not remotely as important and what you just did.... what you just did is deliver a word to me, to my heart, to my soul from God and it’s not important who you are in this world...what people call you... YOU spoke for GOD to ME! Wow, Wow and WOW...... now that part brought ME to tears. To think that God would use me, and show me, how He would use me in this way is Humbling to the core.
On Sundays, I usually have to go through a depression time of getting over not having the “contest” results that I would prefer. This Sunday was no different, other than the fact that I had this story to reflect on. Today was Father’s day. I pray at each contest that God, my Father, would be proud of what I did for Him at the contest. And today, He made it, so perfectly clear, that He WAS. This doesn’t happen by accident and by chance. God responds to complete surrender to His will for your life. It’s hard to do at times, and it’s Faith that carries us through lots of moments of wondering what the heck is going on.... But God... but God is faithful to the end and will illuminate His love for us at the exact Moment He needs us to have it.
I pray that YOU find the peace of God in your lives and it begins with surrendering your whole heart to Jesus Christ as YOUR Lord and Savior. Give it to God.... what are you waiting for? I love YOU
Jeff Loves Jesus and since being saved... born-again... my desire is to work for Him in whatever capacity that becomes. :)