Taught by a Skillet
by Fleta R. Robinson

While working I listen to the lovely melody a gentle voice on the radio is singing,

+ The Lord is in His holy temple
. . . Alleluia, Alleluia +

Suddenly I am keenly aware of His Presence here and now at my kitchen sink, and sense a Hallelujah of my own! Tears of joy drip into the sudsy water, and onto the dirty skillets I am scrubbing – for Him.

"Whatever you do whether in word or deed, [even washing cookware] do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." Colossians 3:17

From years of experience I know that quite likely the next use of these utensils may help provide a good meal for one, or many, of God’s dear saints; or perhaps for someone who does not yet know Him as the dearest of personal friends.

Does some current task loom large and unbearably difficult – but must be done? Is there emotional pain as you struggle through keen disappointment or discouragement? Ask the dear Lord to "set your mind on things above" ; to give you a fresh vision of the goal – the "clean skillet" so to speak – then by His help and grace tackle the project, the future, one step at a time.

I pick up a cleaned skillet, dry it, season it by rubbing the inside with cooking oil, and place it in the heated oven. Then I turn to do the next one. . .

Have you been through deep water? Allow the Holy Spirit to anoint you with the "oil of gladness." Psalm 45:7 Are you in the oven of difficulty? By God’s grace take the heat, and allow the experience to season your soul.

" . . . for the JOY of the Lord is your strength."

Nehemiah 8:10b

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