Wondferfully Made

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Jack’s Old South BBQ in Braselton is my favorite BBQ place.  All 3 of their sauces are incredible.  When we sat down for lunch today I told Ashley, “Now, you know it’s a good hot sauce when it’s written in Sharpie!”  And it’s true, isn’t it?  Some of the best things in life are those things crafted by hand, with love, and even inconsistency.  When you show up to a home cookin’ restaurant, you never know if your favorite dish is going to taste exactly the same as the last time or not.  It’s that way with cooking.  Sometimes its spot on and other times there might just be a little something missing.  And it’s okay, because it keeps you coming back for that same ol’ taste that you know is good.

Life is that way.

Sometimes when you get up in the morning, everything just falls into place and you’re able to do what you do, just the way you need to do it.  And then . . . there’s those “other” days.  Times when things just don’t go as expected.  You find yourself saying, “Okay, now THAT wasn’t part of the plan.”  But that’s okay, because life is full of ups and downs, both daily and beyond.  Life is always worth living because you know that for every bad experience, there is another one around the corner that picks you up and sets you right again.

The spiritual life needs to be seen this way.  Sometimes you’re “on” and sometimes you’re “off.”  But for every curse there is a blessing; for every valley there is a peak; for every sin there is the Savior.  What’s so amazing about being made in the image of God is that we aren’t manufactured like cars???each model being exactly alike and made with the exact same parts.  We’re truly different.  Each of us is made by hand, with love, and even with inconsistency.  God has taken a Sharpie marker and written on each of us, “Callie . . . Natalie . . . Adam . . . Todd,” showing us that we aren’t your typical manufactured “hot sauce,” but one that varies a little.  Catch us on good day or a bad day, we’re still that great taste that God takes so much pride in. 

Take comfort in your “taste,” whether physical, emotional, or spiritual.  God is there, nonetheless, to take pride in his handy work.  

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. ???Psalm 139.14

Rev. Whit R. Martin
Pastor, New Liberty United Methodist Church
www.newlibertyumc.org

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