Cold Smoking (1 John 2:11)

I love to smoke meats. In fact, I love everything about smoked foods. The pungent aroma of charcoal and wood seem to bring out the most savory aspect of just about anything I place in the smoker. And I am always looking to learn more. So when I heard about cold smoking, that intuitively did not make sense. Smoking is created by heat, how can it be cold?

It turns out that there are clever ways to introduce smoke into food with minimal heat. The disconnect was the realization that smoking and heating did not necessarily have to be paired together.

But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
1 John 2:11

Blinded by darkness? This phrase also intuitively did not make sense to me. How can one be blinded by darkness? Isn’t a bright light what usually blinds us? The disconnect in this case is to realize that blindness is a lack of sight, an absence of vision. Darkness and evil can blind us by preventing us from seeing God’s goodness and love. The more we chose to walk away from God’s light of revelation and truth, the more our sight will be blinded by the lack of of it, or darkness.

Blinded by darkness. Cold smoking. Our world is far more complex than we can begin to imagine. Allow God to expand your mind of what is reality and the truth of His Creation!

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.