As Danielle entered Ellie and John’s house with a hot meal, she asked John, “How is Ellie doing today?”
After she learned the senior lady continued to be bedridden and about the same, she told John, “I’ll just put this fresh pudding in the refrigerator”
When she did, Danielle noticed thawed chicken on the shelf. Ellie wouldn’t be able to fix it and she remembered John’s culinary skills consisted of turning on the stovetop after opening cans, jars and bottles.
“What if I fix this chicken for the two of you? That way, you’ll have something for tomorrow, too.”
“Sure, I’d be happy if you’d do that.”
“John, show me how to work this oven.”
“No idea. I’ve never used it.”
So Danielle found the spices in cans and bottles, picking out her favorites for seasoning chicken. In one can, the spices seemed glued together in clumps. Then she tried the “poultry seasoning.” It poured out of the container like fine dust. Danielle rubbed the spice between her fingers, but it smelled like dirt. Then she checked the expiration date. “Hmmm. This dates back to the invention of computers.”
Last she tried the dried rosemary, which is normally a fragrant herb that adds much to chicken. The slender spines were as stiff as sewing pins. “I guess maybe cooking them with the chicken will soften them up.” So she drizzled the chicken with olive oil, seasoned it with salt and pepper and then sprinkled the rosemary on top.
After the chicken was browned and fragrant, Danielle set it out to cool. She lifted off a spear of rosemary. That’s just what it was—a spear as hard as any iron javelin.
Spices have a short shelf life. Vendors would have cooks believe they need to replace their spices every few months, and maybe that is so, but certainly not years after buying them.
Just as spices go stale, so does one’s spiritual life if it is not refreshed by time with God, his word, and doing service for him. We are to grow and remain strong in our Christian lifestyle. This makes the difference, just as fresh salt and seasonings make the difference between a “ho-hum” and an “oh, wow!” baked chicken.
Jesus stated, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden….In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” [Mark 5:13 + 5:16].
Salt. Light. Love. Share them and you’ll know and enjoy a life full of the best of God’s seasonings.
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com and her speaking engagements. Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website, http://www.button-to-god.com.]