Burnt cheese pizza.

I am so blessed to be able to be a stay-at-home mother and wife.  My husband works very hard providing all that we need. We are so fortunate to never go without.  On payday I purchased 3 frozen pizzas with a coupon and the kids were sooooooo excited!  We do get treats like that every now and then, but because it is not an every day thing, they look forward to them tremendously. 

 As I placed the cheese pizza in the oven, I remembered that one of the children needed help with school. Then the little one had a diaper change and the load of laundry needed to be switched. Yes, I am sure you know where I am heading with this. The cheese on pizza burned because I forgot to turn on the timer on.  I thought, “Man, I can’t believe this!” So I did what every creative mother does. I covered the burnt cheese with shredded cheese! 🙂  My eldest and my youngest ate the pizza with gusto, while the middle one spoke saying, “Mom this cheese tastes burnt.”  Well I told her that it was and she decided not to eat it. 

There were no leftovers but she was a little disappointed.  The moral to my story will come I promise. 🙂  Putting shredded cheese over the top of burnt pizza does not change the fact that the cheese underneath is still burnt.  I thought I could hide it and they could just eat it. Even though it didn’t taste too burnt, it was still burnt. 

What things am I hiding under the “Shredded Cheese”? What earthly things am I trying to use to cover the unattractive things on my outer appearance to protect me from being seen by others? Am I wearing a mask?  What am I trying to hide from God? God loves us with all our imperfections and flaws and He cares deeply about the pain under the surface. 

In 1 Samuel God wanted Samuel to choose a King for Israel. So obviously all people want someone who is good looking and tall. Handsome and intelligent.  I Samuel 16:7 (NIV) But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance,but the Lord looks at the heart.” http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+16%3A7&version=NIV. God had other plans. He wanted the shepherd boy. We are are all worthwhile!  Today in society, appearance is so flaunted and worshipped that those with any flaw feel worthless.  That is not so!  We are created in God’s image and He loves us no matter what we look like. We are beautiful in His eyes.  So today know one thing. You are fearfully and wonderfully created as Psalm 139:14 reads. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm%20139:14&version=NIV.   We are to love Him fully and be devoted to Him, following His Word and doing the best that we can with His help! So don’t be afraid to let people see past the “burnt cheese”!



ImageThe kids were experimenting in the kitchen and ran to show me their “NEW FAMILY RECIPE”. (That was yelling by the way.)  I peered carefully into the  bright orange bowl at their creation as they shoved a bite into my mouth.  “Mom! What do you think? Do you like it?  Can you guess what is in it?” I finished chewing the extra salty, crunchy creation and said, “Let’s see…tuna, pretzels, pickle juice?” “Yes and butter and salt too mom, just a little!”

It would have been so easy to tell them to stop playing with their food, but they are trying make new things. Just as I make new things. Just like God makes new things from what we have to offer. What gifts do you have to offer? Are you letting God use the ingredients of your life to make something special? Let Him work today friends.