Many years ago, shortly after my grandfather died, my grandmother thriftily rented out the upstairs of her Littleton, Colorado summer home and moved into the basement apartment. One summer when I was in my teens, I accompanied Baba on her seasonal trek from smoldering Texas to cool Colorado.
No one ever came to visit Baba with an expectation of a lazy, relaxing summer vacation! In her heyday, Baba had been a school teacher in a backwoods, Louisiana one-room schoolhouse. She knew how to keep kids busy while simultaneously teaching important life skills.
One evening, she directed me to get supper underway and so I did! In my Dallas home we had an electric stove. My grandmother cooked with gas. I had pulled all the necessary ingredients together for the meal and went to turn on the stove. This stove was old-school. One had to light a match, and turn the knob and light the appropriate burner. An exciting little swoosh was supposed to follow and a ring blue flame would magically circle the burner! Easy Peasy!
Ordinarily this was not a problem, but on this day the darn thing wouldn’t light. I didn’t know what to do, so I meandered off to find my grandmother. “Woo Hoo! Baaaabaaaa! Where are you?” Once located, I explained my dilemma and she came to assess the situation. Leaning in to get a better look, she lit the match. FLASH—KA-BOOOOOOM!
While enormously relieved I had not blown my grandmother to smithereens, I did learn some valuable lessons which carry some equally explosive spiritual comparisons!
- Just because you can’t see something, doesn’t mean it isn’t there!
- Just because you are unaware of something, doesn’t mean it isn’t powerful or important!
- Just because you have always “cooked” with electricity doesn’t mean you shouldn’t learn to “cook” with gas.
- Sometimes what you don’t know can get you killed!
- It is a good idea to read the entire instruction book to understand every critical aspect of operation.
- Just because it is powerful, and unfamiliar, and may seem out of control, doesn’t mean it isn’t essential to getting a hot meal on the table for a lot of people.
- You can know how to cook. Perhaps you have been cooking for years in the bland, traditional, non-exciting way. You can be totally familiar with the recipe. You can be using all the right pots and pans and have all the ingredients on hand and prepared–you can believe in Jesus and know you are going to heaven. However, if the pilot light isn’t lit, you aren’t really cooking and have no idea of the untapped potential at hand.
- Sometimes one has to get a toothpick and clean out the little bitty holes that clog up the burner in order to get things flowing and working. If you need to forgive some folks, do so whether they deserve it or not. Angry at life? Surrender it. Stinking thinking? Start rejoicing! Addicted to something or stuck in sin? Stop it, confess it and ask the Lord to forgive you-then move on to the good stuff!
- Once all the clean-up work is done, NOW it’s time to light a match and turn on the gas. Pray and ask your Daddy for his powerful gift of the Spirit. He would never give you something that wasn’t wonderful. If it weren’t important, he wouldn’t tell you to wait for it!
- This isn’t a one shot deal, like Salvation. One has to turn on the gas and use it every day. If you get low or run out, you have to call up and order some more from the Gas Man. He will come whenever you call and fill up your big tank. Whenever you use up what you have, ask for more!
- Don’t overthink this. It’s supposed to be simple so that everybody can cook!
- Just because a previous generation has forgotten to impart a section of essential information to the next does not mean it has to blow up in your face! You may dance back to the Good Book and learn a few things for yourself—right from The Source.
- Procrastination can be very dangerous.
- Once you’ve started cooking with gas. You will never be satisfied with the old way of doing things.
Luke 24:44-49; John 4:13-14 and 23-24; John 20:22-23 & 30-31; Acts 1:4-8; Acts 9:17