Friday, November 20, 2020

The Colander


Year 8-Day 325: Today, I’m grateful for the colander. 

How many times a week do you use a colander? In our house, several times a week. In fact, it is nice to have several colanders in various sizes. They are used for fresh fruit, for beans and pasta. The uses never cease. 

I use the colander to rinse fruits and veggies before serving. It makes it easy to pick out any bad pieces and throw them away. The colander, utilitarian in nature, is a treasured kitchen tool. It helps me sort the good from the undesirable pieces.

The process of rinsing and removing the rejected pieces moves pretty fast. It is easy to forget that a piece of fruit can look ugly and be super sweet. A veggie can look great, but be rotten on the inside. It is necessary to clean and sort with discernment. 

The process of using a colander to sift and sort reminds me of this passage from Luke: 

"Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.” -Luke 22:31-32

I've read this verse hundreds of time. Notice that Satan asks permission and Jesus carries us to the throne of the Father in prayer. Both thoughts are worth pondering. 

To be sifted... like wheat... trying to decide the good from the bad. It creates a word picture that clearly demonstrates that in trying times, we are not alone. We have an advocate before the Father. In celebratory times, we are not alone, either. When the sifting is over, hope remains. 

Today, I’m grateful for the colander. 

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