But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “ God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6 (NKJV)
Southern Baptists believe that anything can be fixed through prayer and food. Look at how many times Christ Himself fed people. Food is good medicine. We bring food to a family in crisis, to a funeral, to the sick bed. When I fell and broke my neck almost a decade ago, the church ladies brought meals every night for weeks. I finally had to ask them not to come anymore because my children were starting to salivate every time the doorbell rang. Once, they opened the door grabbed the food and walked away without asking the cook inside! I have often delivered meals and specialize in recipes that prepare gigantic portions that will feed tremendous amounts of people for days. Spaghetti, chicken and yellow rice or vegetable soup are my signature meals. They can be prepared ahead of time if I have to work on the day that they are to be delivered and they get tastier the longer that they sit. Tonight, I ventured out of my regular fare as I offered to take a meal to one of our pastors who has been ill. His children are grown so there were just two people to prepare for, him and his wife. I didn’t have time to do anything in advance, so when I saw that the grocery store had steaks on sale, I picked up some steaks to grill and potatoes to bake. Rounded out with salad mix, rolls and ice cream, I had a meal for two that would wash the taste of hospital food out of their mouths and help him gain back some of the weight he has lost! I even chose a “limited edition” flavor of Haagen Daz Ice Cream called “Bananas Foster” to complete the fancy meal. The steaks turned out tender and seasoned just right, the potatoes steamy and moist. I delivered it on time and came home to serve the same dinner to husband as I had made enough for all of us. I was feeling satisfied and not just a little proud of myself. After dinner, I fixed myself a bowl of the same ice cream. I bought it once before but only got a little serving to try as youngest son discovered it and finished the entire container in one sitting. The first bite was full of yummy cinnamon and banana flavors. It really did taste like bananas foster. Then, it hit me, the ice cream also tasted like rum. Real bananas foster requires rum to create the flame that makes the dessert so exotic. I didn’t remember the ice cream tasting so strongly of alcohol though. I looked at the ingredients listed on the carton and sure enough rum is a main ingredient. Oh, boy, I took a Baptist minister an alcoholic dessert! God has a way of nipping any pride in me right in the bud. Good thing, too. God wants me to have a servant’s heart. Even while taking the minister rum laced ice cream.