Give us this day our daily bread (Matthew 6:11 ESV)
It has been my tradition for many years now to make homemade bagels on snow days. Lately it seems like we’ve been eating a lot of bagels. But I love the process and the product, so I wanted to make bagels today. I looked in the pantry. Only a small amount of flour was left in the bag. It was not only icy and snowy; it was too cold for me to walk over to my mom’s to borrow some. So the pressure of my circumstance led to an invention of sorts.
Today, I created my first ever batch of Mixed-Media Bagels. I pulled out old fashioned oats, wheat germ, wheat bran and ground flax seed. I read online that I could substitute these items for flour. So I ground the oats in the food processor, measured out the grains and added everything to my 2 cups of flour. As I was mixing the dough, I thought, I really need more flour. I called over to my mom’s to see if my niece would bring me some of theirs, as I was committed to these particular bagels by now.
Right after I hung up the phone, I went back to the mixer and noticed a full bag of flour on the shelf below my workstation. I could have had plain whole wheat bagels! I cancelled the rush order of flour from my mom. Laughed at myself, while I continued with my mixed up bagel dough, which for more texture, I added sunflower seeds, poppy seeds and pepitas. My artistry was pouring into these bagels.
I find it interesting that in my moment of supposed lack, God led me to a need I didn’t even know that I had this morning. I needed to be creative. I learned that I could USE other ingredients to make a tasty, healthy bagel. If I had seen the full bag of flour, I wouldn’t have stretched myself. I could have given up or bundled up and went out for flour, but the challenge led me to a new discovery.
God delights to see us learn and grow. I am glad that I didn’t spy the full bag of flour today! God knew that my bread of need for this very day was to discover new ways to use what I had and to see His creative hand pouring into the very details of my life!
What necessity has God ordained in your life that has led to a new invention or creative discovery?
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