My paternal grandmother was an amazing cook. Amongst her many memorable dishes, the favorite which she presented at every family gathering, was mazegohan. This dish, a savory combination of chicken, vegetables, and rice, took several hours to prepare and cook. My father inherited her prodigious cooking skills and carried on the tradition of making mazegohan, after she passed away. But he went one step further, continually tweaking the recipe, ever perfecting the flavor. Indeed, the dish became even more delicious in his capable hands. Before my father passed away, he shared with me the most current incarnation of this fabled recipe, hopeful that I would continue his work.
And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:6 (ESV)
Like my father who faithfully tweaked the mazegohan recipe, God continues to tweak the recipe for my life. He prunes me of unnecessary vices and habits to sweeten my life and allow me to grow. He adds trials to strengthen my resolve and faith in Him. He provides additional skills to allow me to accomplish His work in this life. Sometimes I think the tweaking God has done is not correct but the outcome is always the same. His recipe is perfect, transforming me to become an ever sweeter aroma to this world. He is bringing me to completion for the moment I stand before my Savior, Jesus Christ.
My father was hopeful that I will continue to prepare, tweak, and improve the recipe for mazegohan. My culinary skills may not be as adept as my grandmother and father but I will give it my best effort. But I can be confident that God will continue to tweak my life and bring it to perfection, because God is faithful and always keeps His promises.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.