Recovery: It's a God Thing
Saturday May 28, 2016
by Teresa McBean
Scripture Reading for today: Numbers 8 – 10
The first time I tried to make a homemade apple pie, I acquired his favorite apple pie recipe from his mother (an experienced, excellent cook) and went to work.
“What is this green stuff?” Pete asked. He asked like a newlywed husband, with a scrunched up face and a tone that could only be described as disgust.
“What green stuff?” I respond, defensively. (Gee Whiz, I just baked this guy a pie from scratch. What does he expect?)
“This stuff.” He spears it and puts it under my nose with disdain. You would have thought he found a fly or finger tip!
“It’s apple peel! Get it? Apple pie, apples, apple peel!” That should clear up his confusion.
Then he does a very bad thing. He laughs. This is no chuckle, this is a laugh until you fall out of your chair guffaw. This is the kind of laugh I’ve heard and usually love, when something is really hilarious and he’s thoroughly enjoying himself.
How was I supposed to know apples were peeled before placing in a pie shell? An experienced cook, Pete’s mom never considered telling me to peel the apples–that would be a rookie mistake, a mistake she hadn’t even considered making in 20 years or so!
After pouting for a few days, I learned from this rookie faux pas. Today my family swears I make the best apple pie in the world. But it has been an acquired skill.
I want to encourage all the rookie fifth steppers. Rookies make mistakes. I could have decided to give up on pie making. It would have been easy to turn the reins back over to the expert and bring veggie trays to all family functions. I chose to humble myself and keep plugging. I commend this to you: keep learning. Don’t stop because of some grand delusion of perfection. Learn from errors today, and someday you may be a person who can guide others gently. I have a note in my well-worn cookbook to tell my daughter and future daughters-in-law how to make the perfect McBean apple pie. Long ago I penciled in the peeling instruction. I was afraid I would forget what rookies need to know.
Listen carefully to my words, let this be the consolation you give me. Job 21:2 NIV