Sunday, February 6, 2011

The soul of MY soup

"To possess a cook who makes perfect soups is to possess a jewel of great price. 
A woman who cannot make soup 
should not be allowed to marry."

P. Mortan Shand, A Book of Food, 1928

Um, that seems a little harsh but when the going gets tough, I do what most women do...

I make vegetable broth. 
This is some serious broth action

As a foodie and mama of three OS, it's my attempt, I guess, to put things together and make something good. Into the kettle, I put celery, scallions, garlic, half a red onion, a tomato and two cooked potatoes that were lounging in the refrigerator doing nothing. I then threw in some radish leaves, carrots, a stalk of frozen corn I bought in the summer at the farmers' market. Half a red pepper, a handful of frozen leeks, kosher salt, bay leaf and spices bubble and mix with the other ingredients. The amber broth is flavorful. I have a sick child upstairs, I feel so confused. But this homemade broth imbues a sense of peace and accomplishment within me.
Dramatic, slightly forced vegetable broth smile

In some ways, I think this is like the Scripture found in
Romans 8:28 (English Standard Version)

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Aaron is eating next to nothing. He needs nutrition and hydration. I picture my OS sipping on this broth. Not sure that's going to happen but wow, if it did, that would be the best. I'd feel like I did something significant. 

better than the boxed stuff, fo' shur!
God is going to use this trial in our lives. He is more resourceful than I'll ever be. My simple efforts at gathering things together to make a hearty broth pale to what Jesus does with our lives. He uses ALL things together for good for those who believe in Him. I believe, Lord. Aaron believes too. Let it be. 


Kristi Butler said...

I'm praying...praying...and praying some more!

We missed you today and I'm sure that you heard that our dear pastor spoke of you!

Please let me know if I can do anything!

Love you!

Holliday Family said...

Holding my arms up in prayer for you, just Aaron did for Moses in the Old Testament.

Denise said...

I'm with the Holliday family - well said!