Saw a new yeast roll recipe on the website zoomyummy.com, “Soft Garlic Knots”. Why, the picture alone was enough to make me salivate! Tried the recipe, and it seemed like a little piece of Heaven in itself! As I prepared the rolls, the dough was rising in my fingertips! And the aroma as they baked! And the flavor! All worth the trouble, and all worth the work!
Reflecting back, I am reminded of the story Jesus told in Matthew 13:33—“The kingdom of Heaven is like yeast, which a woman took and mixed with half a hundredweight of flour till it was all leavened.”
Perhaps in the time Jesus walked among us on earth, a person couldn’t just go to the nearest supermarket and pick up a loaf of bread. Somebody had to take the flour, mix it with yeast and the other ingredients, knead it and bake it. Then it could be enjoyed. No instant gratification here.
Each person is given a measure of “leaven” (or yeast) in their lives. It is what we do with that leaven that determines whether or not we will thrive in our Christian walk with Christ. We are given the leaven through the power of the Holy Spirit. God provides us many rich ingredients (our opportunities and experiences in life) and we, as individuals, are responsible for mixing, kneading and baking until we have the perfect loaf–friendship with God, blissful happiness on earth, and peace with our fellow man. Our work, along with the gift of leaven from the Holy Spirit, ensures our place within the kingdom of Heaven. And the kingdom of Heaven begins in our lifetime!
It’s never too late to start working toward true gratification, true happiness. One could begin today, immediately, and have a lifetime to join the leaven with the rest of the ingredients with happiness a part of every step in the baking process.
I recommend you try the “Soft Garlic Knots”, and then try the “Breaded Cauliflower” on zoomyummy.com. You won’t be sorry. Have faith!