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a good work + an unfinished recipe

June 8, 2010

Sitting in church on Sunday, my ears perked at the mention of one of my favorite chapters in all the Bible — the first chapter of Philippians. No matter where I’ve been in my life and my story, these words have always had something powerful to speak to me. Right now, when I am in the beginning stages of probably the boldest decision I have ever made, I feel especially cradled by these words:

“…being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” [Philippians 1v6)

As I have to fight to even get into my classes for culinary school, God is reminding me that this choice is not going to be glossy, tied in a cute apron and neatly accessorized with a happy ending and a big bow. Instead, it’s going to be a struggle; something difficult and draining and challenging. But it’s also going to be something beautiful and fulfilling and satisfying. Because here’s the thing: He is not leaving me alone to do this myself.

I am a creation He is not leaving unfinished, much like a chef doesn’t get halfway through a cake and while it’s still lumpy batter, pronounce it done. He began this passion and good work in my heart and He alone can and will carry it on with me the rest of my days. If I can’t believe this and embrace it, I don’t think I could do this alone.

(But if all else fails and ovens explode and classes stay full and I end up in a box, there is always Plan B…)

[Photo credit here and here]

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Scout permalink
    June 8, 2010 6:06 pm

    You could strategically place your box in my loft.
    If, you know, it comes to that.

    Oh and City College of SF will have open classes for you.


  2. Caroline permalink*
    June 9, 2010 9:34 pm

    @ Scout!

    If I have a box, I will share it with you and Penelope and you can feed me breakfast all day long.

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