Monday, April 1, 2013

Miracles Abound

It was supposed to rain on Easter, but instead, the sun came out, and my daffodils all popped open! I went on a run in the morning, as the white petals from the Bradford Pear trees swirled in the air around me. Glorious! I love this day we celebrate Miracles!

But besides the blessed miracle of Jesus' Resurrection, a second miracle occurred on this Holy day- I had culinary success with a potato. Anyone who knows me well knows cooking is not my particular forte. Anyone need success losing weight? Just come live at my house. If that doesn't turn you off to eating, nothing will. However, I saw a recipe on Facebook that looked so fool-proof, I thought even I could do it! It was a baked potato, sliced thinly almost all the way through so that it fanned open. Then I was to dribble butter and olive oil on it, add salt and pepper, and bake 40 minutes at 425. It looked really beautiful on the recipe card.

"I am going to try this for Easter!" I told the adoring crowd that loves my cooking. (my two dogs.)
The human consumers just quietly went about their business.

Anyway, it was indeed almost fool proof. It took a little practice to slice *almost* all the way through without going too far. On the couple of slices that I went too far, the slice of course fell off the fanning potato. Fortunately, that only happened on my first couple of slices at the first end. I could not believe how pretty it looked.

"Wow," Arvo said walking by, as I pulled it out of the oven. It looked just like the picture on the recipe card. This was perhaps the most successful cooking venture I had ever achieved: beautiful and delicious! I can occasionally get one or the other, but almost never both at the same time. And, I never eat a whole potato, but I ate the whole thing.

You never know what miracles await on Resurrection Sunday!

Our pastor preached on the first miracle of Easter- the empty tomb and the risen Christ. He pointed out that no Jew or Greek had ever produced the Body, which would have been the quickest way to disprove Christ's resurrection. The fearful scattered disciples upon seeing the risen Lord changed overnight to brave men, fearless in witnessing even unto death that indeed Jesus had risen. Countless lives began changing from that moment on. If you don't believe lives can be miraculously transformed by the truth of the Resurrection, just remember my potato. It will give you a visual that miracles can and do abound.

We leave Wednesday morning on a whirlwind trip to Chicago to watch my son Matthias in his national Appellate Advocacy Finals. I think I am very unlikely to have time to draw and blog, so for the first time in three years without missing a day, I will probably miss a week. To all of you who hang on my every word ( ;-D ), I apologize. To those who were wondering when I would knock it off, you can do your happy dance.

1 Corinthians 15:50-58 (NIV)
I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. [51] Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed--- [52] in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. [53] For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. [54] When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” [55] “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” [56] The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. [57] But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. [58] Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

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  1. How great to discover God's loving presence in such a sunny Easter day through nature and your cooking. There is always hope! Best wishes for Matthias and enjoy the time there. Blessings for you all. (I tried to sign in with WordPress, but it seems I can't do so.) Olga

  2. But I "do" hang on every word. :) Enjoy your time away.