Thursday, June 25, 2009

Absorbing Heat

I watched the sugar dissolve as I stirred up another batch of hummingbird feed and marveled that it didn't all dissolve until I heated the mixture. Sure, I could've let it sit on the counter for a couple hours, but I wanted to get the food out to my hummers as soon as possible, so I popped the mixture in the microwave for a quick heat so the sugar would be absorbed by the water, making tasty food for my favorite little birds.

It made me think of my dad--he's declared that hummers like his feed mixture better than what my mom fixes. Wanna know his secret? He super-saturates his mix with extra sugar. He pulls out a little saucepan and heats the water and sugar to make sure it all gets absorbed by the water, then he cools it and fills the hummer feeders. And it's true—hummers love being at his feeders.

My Heavenly Father does something similar with us, His children. He turns the heat up under us so we can absorb more of Him and be better and sweeter feed for others. Without the heat, we wouldn't absorb Him as quickly, nor as much.
For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison. 2 Corinthians 4:17

So when the heat gets turned up in your life remember there's a reason for it and absorb all you can.

Don't forget the book giveaway that's going on this week!

5 comments:

  1. YES. What an incredible reminder. That heat does us SO much more good than we want to admit!

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  2. I never can see what is going to come out of all that heat at the time--I just want to get out of the pan! Later, I can look back and see what God was trying to create. It's hard to trust while the process is going on!

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  3. Oh man, Peej. You are right on the mark. It's awful hot in here right now. I am stronger because of the heat, that's for sure.

    Great devotional. Short and power-packed.

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  4. Great message (and I confess, I was fascinated about the hummers—I can't get them to come to my feeder at all! I'll try your dad's "super-charged sugar.")

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  5. Wow! What a great analogy! Hmmm..maybe I should try your dad's trick. My feeder isn't very busy.

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