Bread is one of my favorite things to make. But I don’t make it that often because
1. You can buy it at the store
2. It is hard.
Nevertheless, sometimes my craving for homemade bread exceeds my lazy spirit. I have an herb “garden” (I use the word garden loosely as it is very tiny and half dead) where I grow rosemary. It smells amazing and it is currently overflowing. So I decided to make rosemary garlic bread. While I was making this bread and kneading it for 10 whole minutes which is basically an entire upper body workout I thought to my self “wow I am exhausted. I am being WORKED by this bread”. And then it hit me.
That is what God does to us. He WORKS us sometimes and it is EXHAUSTING.
We are kneaded like dough over and over again to make us soft and elastic so he can work in us and through us. But man- it is not easy. If I am tired from working the dough, how does the dough feel from being worked until it is pliable and conformed to your will as the baker? But then it doesn’t stop there. After you knead the dough you have to let it SIT. Sometimes an hour. This time two hours. I don’t know about you, but I struggle with patience. I am a pure product of the instant gratification generation. TWO WHOLE HOURS feels like years for me. But that is what God does.
We have to rest after being worked because not only are we exhausted after this process but we have to know that we cannot grow without his grace.
We have to trust his timing, trust him when we are just stuck in a bowl slowly rising and trust that this slow process will make us into his intended desire. Each part of this process is essential to our growth. We MUST be worked in order to follow Gods word. We have to submit to trust him to rise for us because we cannot do it alone. God is basically saying that now that he has us in the perfect texture and essentially worked us down, only then can we know that we are not rising through our own abilities but through his work in us. And when we trust him in the kneading process AND in the rising process that is when we get to become bread. That is when we get to begin to become everything God has called us to be.
Be joyful in hope. Patient in affliction. Faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12
Yet you Lord are our father, we are the clay, and you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8
If you are in a season of kneading, just remember you will eventually rise.
P.s. I added garlic powder because YUM. 🙂