The eggs and the butter
Sugar and a spoon
Flour and soda
For the salt make room
It’s the mixing and the baking
Sweeten with chocolate for the making
Stirring and blending
Vanilla and nuts
It’s about a cup
It is like following a recipe
When discovering your destiny
An ounce of prevention for sure
is worth more than a pound of cure
Keep the command to love one another
Then we can call upon our Friend who sticks closer than a brother
When in the oven and purged by fire
Affliction seems permanent and dire
The aroma becomes sweet
As we are purified by heat
400 degrees and so hot
Better to melt than to not
Coming out tender, hot and tasty
This is not the time to become hasty
The fire forges all the secret parts
Tempered like steal, so dear to my heart
As you can see this is not a microwave concoction
Temperatures made hot purge out toxins
Hatred strife envy with bitterness
Rage with demands seemingly rigorous
A lying tongue and carnal fits
Sinking of ships caused by loose lips
All the pathogens that must be purged
In the oven of affliction a masterpiece shall emerge
Blended and delicious for the Masters table
Yes this is exactly how we become stable
Served while hot to all His guest
This is the recipe to be blest
You thought it was going to be an easy bake
Quick and simple with a stir and a shake
Now this is the process along with directions
Food for the Masters delight, sweet confection.
Taste and see that The Lord is good
So much better when finally understood
Lately you’ve felt tumbled and a little stirred up
Do not be dismayed This is our Lords measuring cup
Copyright © laurette laster 2018 all rights reserved
The other night I was baking Snicker doodle Cookies when I remembered this poem from 2018. I actually had started it but had not finished it. So I pulled it up and when taking these photos the rest of the poem flowed.
Yes it has been in the oven of affliction during some really scattered times of my life that I felt our Lord very close to me. I became so addicted to Him that I once said to Him, “If to lose my close relationship with You means the suffering could end, I would not choose it.” I now call these heart tests. The hard times do not last but the becoming one with Him is forever.
Now many years later, I am proud to say, no, my relationship did not become less as the dire afflictions ended, Actually it has been quite the opposite. After the times of trials and affliction I became one with Him. My soul was tempered and forged, and I am His. And I am grateful. I became stable and meat for the Masters Table. This makes me think of the verse in Mark that our Master recites, ” The first of all the commandments is: Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One. And you shall love the Lord you God with your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:28-31 NKJV)
Now this is the recipe for becoming His delight. It was not easy for me but worth every step along the way, even when I thought He was going to kill me. Taking my thoughts captive and bringing them into obedience took time and study. Repenting, forgiving, and letting go of the separated or individual parts in order to become one wasn’t easy for me either. But I must confess He is a Master Baker and I am the tumbled, mixed up, then fired up concoction of His baking.
If you are praying, Lord create in me a clean heart, a heart that hungers and thirsts for You, well I feel obligated to tell you, get ready, this may be the necessary (steps) recipe. As the world throws everything it has at you, (the enemy will make sure of it) to entice you to stay and make you wonder if you should abandon all for Him, just know you shall laugh in the days to come. Yes you shall laugh in the days of adversity. Never give up and do not avoid the oven, because soon you will be at the Masters Table.
Jesus said be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.
God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you and give you Shalom.
Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette