I’m one of those people who always orders the same thing from the menu.
I say, “Why mess with perfection?”
I like what I like and the possibility of ordering something new and not liking it deter me from venturing out from my “norm.”
Why fix it if it ain’t broke? Right?
But, I have this friend–
She is a “skilled orderer.” Her mother, Grace, raised her with a love for food, an adventurous palate and infused her with passion and skill at mixing and experimenting with all manner of flavors, tastes, textures and variety. She’s been all over the world and knows what to order in every region. Not only does she have a published book titled “Souvenirs: A Creative Collection of Art and Cuisine” that fabulously pairs her recipes with her amazing artwork, but every time she cooks dinner, it’s a party for the taste buds.
Whenever we go out to eat, people’s senses are peaked and their eyes follow as the waiter walks by delivering her plate to the table. I giggle as they grab their waiter and point to her plate, trying to covertly ask what it was she ordered.
And, as the aromas from across the table make my mouth water, I watch with envy as she savors her choices.
Her husband is a wise man (for many reasons!) After years of sticking to what he was used to ordering and then sampling off her plate, (and eventually eating all of her food,) he has changed his ways.
Now he just closes his menu, nods and says, “I’ll have…whatever she’s having.”
But I don’t have the same tastes as she does.
But I don’t like hot and spicy.
But I’ve never heard of that ingredient.
But I can’t even pronounce that.
But, but, but…
So, I end up ordering the same thing.
And I miss out.
Isn’t this how we often end up doing life?
Playing it safe; sticking with what we know.
Saying, “That might work for you, but I am just this way…I have always been this way…I always order this.”
And we end up missing out.
But not anymore.
My friend is always gracious and allows me to sample everything she orders. And my taste buds burst out in celebration!
It has taken me some time, and I often think of all I have missed up to this point, but as I grew in trust, I’ve been encouraged and emboldened to try new things as we dine together.
And God is cooking up something in life for each of us that is so much more that we could ever ask for or imagine (or order!).
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Bigger plans than that thing you always do.
And the beautiful thing is–He doesn’t expect us to do it on our own. He brings people into our lives to help us along the way. People who will inspire and encourage, or just another soul who has walked in our same shoes for awhile and who understands.
God knows us inside and out and figured out we would need a helper to move us forward into areas that frighten us.
He brings people into our lives that challenge us, hold our hand along the way and embolden us to try new things.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating that all things are good choices for all people. Discernment and trust are key factors. (My friend always asks about my allergies and preferences before cooking up her magic!)
But, when we place our trust in Him, seek Him and ask Him for help, He will align himself with us, reminding us we are not alone. He will encourage us, guide us and light the way for our path.
“You hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel.” (Psalm 73:24)
“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”(Matthew 28:20)
He invites us to spend time with Him; to savor His Words of healing, wisdom and direction. He asks us to dine with Him; to take and eat of the bread of life and sip from an everlasting cup.
“I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” (Revelation 3:20)
So, the next time you hunger to try something new, or you find yourself salivating with envy over someone else’s choices, just close your eyes. Listen for God’s whispers of faith and focus your eyes on Him.
Breathe deep; smile and envision the café scene in When Harry Met Sally…
Open your eyes, and say it with conviction, “I’ll have what He has for me!” 😉
Dedicated to my fabulous, foodie friend Heidi Rosner. –Thank you for encouraging me in so many things!
Check out Souvenirs and all of her artwork at Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale, AZ through March! (or at www.HeidiRosner.com)
Or, better yet, just share some food with her! 😉