How Do You Like Your Porridge?

August 9, 2017

I was in prayer recently, and I felt the Lord remind me of the story of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” of all things! At first I thought, “Lord, am I hearing right? You want to bring that to my remembrance?” But I heard an emphatic “YES” in my spirit!

 

So I thought, “OK, God — what do You want to say?”

 

You’ll remember that Goldilocks couldn’t eat Papa Bear’s porridge because it was too hot. Likewise, Mama Bear’s porridge was too cold. But when she tasted Baby Bear’s porridge, she found that it was just right!

 

In pondering this age-old tale, it occurred to me that Papa Bear’s hot porridge might speak of the trials, testings and harassment that we encounter from the enemy. Mama Bear’s too-cold bowl might speak of the discouragements, disappointments, wounds and hurts of life. Yet the porridge of Baby Bear was exactly what Goldilocks had been looking for, and that might speak of God’s highest and best provision for our lives.

 

I was instantly reminded that when we come before our Lord as a small child — in humility and trust — He always makes a way. Our walk with Jesus is not ultimately about our own faith....it’s about His perfect faithfulness. As the old Andrae Crouch song says, “Through it all, I’ve learned to depend on His word.”

 

Some of our dear friends, Dale and Jeannie Daly, shared a thought recently, and it so blessed us that I wanted to share their message with you:

 

Your life is lived in seasons, and to be fruitful you must recognize the season you are in and then place all your effort into maximizing and making the most of that season that you possibly can! That’s what Psalm 1 is talking about when it says that we are like a tree planted by streams of water, “that brings forth fruit in its season.” You and I can only be fruitful in the season we are in! “The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you” (Deuteronomy 28:8).

 

Dear ones, always know that God only wills our highest good in every circumstance and every season of life — and it is lovingly sifted through His fingers before reaching us. From His perspective, those things that are too heavy for us are opportunities for us to realize our dependence upon Him.

 

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