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Waiting can be a hard thing to do, but part of the lesson of cooking is waiting for the results. In the fast-food society we live in, we can be robbed of the benefits of waiting…

 



It has been since mid-September last year that I have been able to work. I have what my doctor diagnosed, Cerebellar Ataxia. Essentially the part of my brain that has a lot of motor skills control, had shut down and had to be “re-fired” as the doctor put it. The upper and lower parts of my brain that controlled the right side of my body had become disconnected. At one point, I had even lost the ability to write.

 

This all started shortly after I had starting reading The Garden of Miracles - Say Thank You and See Miracles by Rabbi Shalom Arush, so immediately I began to thank the Creator for the condition.  I was hoping and praying for the miracle to deliver me from this condition.

 

Six months later I am still seeing a doctor who is a therapist in Neurology and is a Chiropractor as well. I am thankful that my earlier prayer was not answered. Throughout the whole ordeal, I learned that sometimes, the miracle is in the journey.

 

Through this journey, there are many things I would not have learned or been made aware of if this did not happen to me.

 

It was like the Creator was giving me the time to do a lot of thinking. One of the things that occurred to me while thinking was that the Creator could have taken Israel straight from Egypt to the Holy Land but instead He lead them through a forty-year journey, a journey that would yield many lessons that would have that would have otherwise not been learned.  

 

A relative of mine shared Day's recipes’ post on Facebook that speaks to this in a joking format but it gets the point across.

 

“One Sunday morning at a small chapel, the new pastor called on one of his older deacons to lead in the opening prayer. The deacon stood up and bowed his head and said, “Lord, I hate buttermilk.”

 

The pastor opened one eye and wondered where this was going. The deacon continued, “Lord, I hate shortening.” Now the pastor was totally perplexed. The deacon continued, “Lord, I ain’t too crazy about plain flour. But after you mix’em all together and bake’em in a hot oven, I just love biscuits.”

 

“Lord, help us realize when life gets hard, when things come up that we do not like, whenever we do not understand what You are doing, that we need to wait and see what You are making. AfterYou get through mixing and baking, it’ll probably be something even better than biscuits. Amen”

   

What an example! This can be applied toward the second level of emuna/faith, to know that everything the Creator does is for the best.

 

Sometimes we have to wait for the Creator to mix and bake things in our lives before He can give us the biscuits.

 

While baking, the aroma coming from the oven can tempt you into looking or even prematurely removing what is being cooked.

 

Waiting on the Great Chef can be a hard thing to do, but part of the lesson of cooking is waiting for the results. In the ‘drive through’ and fast food society we live in, we can be robbed of the benefits of waiting.  

 

The sickness I have experienced has taken time to heal. At times this can be very frustrating, we have things to do, and time doesn’t seem to be on our side. One day we are a youngster outside playing ball, the next day we wake up and we find our children having wedding anniversaries. All of this not only plays with our agendas but with our heads. We are very prone and also environmentally trained to rush into matters.

  

One of the things that turned me on to the Seven Commandments of the Creator instead of Orthodox Jewish conversion was Psalm 62:2:

 

“To God alone my soul waits silently...” (Artscroll Tehillim)

 

Through it all, I am still learning to wait on the Creator. One thing I have learned over the years is that even though I am not Jewish, the Creator has my best interest in mind. And this pushes me to be the best I can be.

 

In a way, we of the nations are like a blank canvas. Our rules are simple and few; as long as we are obedient to the few rules we have, we can be mixed and baked into many things.

 

A chef has many recipes containing a variety of ingredients. The Great Chef our Creator has all of creation and more at His disposal! We might not like a particular ingredient that He is using on us, but when He is done mixing and baking we will be much more than what we thought we could be.





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