Appam, chicken curry and a cup of tea. Now that’s my kind of comfort food.
For those readers who are not from South India, let me explain.
Appam is a South Indian type of pancake made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk. It’s light sweet flavor goes perfect with spicy chicken curry and a sweet cup of hot Indian tea. This meal definitely puts me in my happy place.
But the downside is….making appam isn’t a quick process!! It involves soaking rice, then taking out my big blender and blending the rice, then finally, waiting for the yeast to do it’s thing.
And like most good things in life, there is no shortcut. You must submit to the process in
order to get what your heart (and stomach) desires.
Can you tell where I am going with this?
A few weeks ago I shared with you the story of the commander Naaman. He was the one who suffered from leprosy. Naaman sought God’s prophet for healing and was told by the the prophet Elisha to go and dip in the Jordan river 7 times in order to
receive his healing.
“I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me
of my leprosy. Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be
Can you really blame Naaman for his negative response?
Sure, his healing was coming but imagine the pain he would experience as his open wounds are exposed to the Jordan River?
Naaman had heard about Elisha’s God. He knew God could do all things….instantly.
Why the process? And the painful process at that.
Because God said so.
It was a process of obedience. A process of discomfort. A process of perseverance.
So much of what God is asking of me lately also involves a process. (And I am not just talking about my appam craving).
I am referring to deeper dreams and desires which require that I too submit to a process.
God’s process. On God’s terms (not mine).
Do you have a dream, goal or desire that you are waiting on God for? Maybe you feel as if you are on your sixth painful dip into the Jordan River (open wounds and all)…
Can I encourage you as I encourage myself?
Be faithful to the process. Be faithful to the creator of the process.
The appam and your dream are worth it.