Posted by: Kara Luker | February 7, 2012

A skilled chef

As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9

Last week, I invited my second-cousin-once-removed (and dear friend), Ben, over to teach me how to make his killer stir fry recipe. From the start, I sensed something different about his cooking style. It was calm and methodical, clearly lacking my rapid fire approach that regularly incorporates broken glass, smoke, and indiscernible work spaces. He laid out each ingredient and cooking utensil before chopping even one vegetable, creating a beautiful sense of peace and order. What really caught my attention was the way he cooked the chicken. Slowly. So very slowly. He used the “power burner” I love so much, but he didn’t bring the rings of fire to their full potential as I delight to do. He left them low, letting the oil and heat draw the flavor and fragrance from the garlic for what seemed an eternity. He pushed it around gently, making sure that nothing burned. Eventually he added the chicken and the process continued, with purpose but without intensity. The chicken was remarkably moist and delicious, and a perfect compliment to the rest of the dish, which he cooked with the same precision and patience.

I learned something that night, and it went way beyond one meal. It was about the use of good technique to bring about the best. Like my cooking, I tend to rush things in life. I like to see change come swiftly – in myself and others. I like to see God use his power burners and get things done. The quicker, the better. There are clearly times when he chooses that approach (when you’ll hear me begging him to turn down the heat), but mostly I find that he sets the flame low and sits patiently with me, allowing the heat to draw out the most fragrant and flavorful things he’s placed in my heart, making sure no part of me gets torched. It takes time, but he is in no hurry. He knows what he’s creating, knows how best to do it, and knows the end result will be well worth the wait.


  1. So observant dear one……….great analogy! God is so blessing you…….then me with your words!

    • And then he blesses me right back with your sweet heart. Talk about a circle of life 🙂

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  2. I have an official “where waves grow sweet” notebook where I keep all your posts printed out. Look out, Wigglesworth, Kara Noel is my new devotional writer. No pressure now ……

    • Ha! No pressure at all 🙂 I’ve been in a mood to tell some silly stories so you may need to lean a little more heavily on good old Wigglesworth until that mood passes.

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      • You and your murder mysteries! How convenient that both of your appetites lean in that morbid direction.

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      • I think you’re right. I thought he looked familiar!

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