By Karen O’Connor:
Last week my eight-year-old grandson Miles asked me to make his favorite dish—Easy Chicken and Mini Penne Casserole posted under Southern Food by Dianna Rattray. Of course I agreed and invited him and his family over to my house so we could share the meal together. That afternoon while I prepared the chicken and pasta, the sauce and the vegetable, and the dessert for later, I realized I was finding God while cooking. I felt happy and grateful and excited to entertain the family with good, nourishing food. And I loved being asked to do something that would please my grandson––just as I believe God loves his children to ask him to do things that would please them. What a nice revelation that was!
The next morning I asked my husband what he’d like for breakfast. “Oatmeal with nuts and fruit and yogurt and maple syrup,” he said, “like you usually make. It’s my favorite.”
A few minutes later I was in the kitchen finding God, once again, while cooking. What a nice feeling it was to serve Charles what he wanted and what’s healthy too. How easy it had become to give to others freely and without expecting anything in return.
Surely I could apply this truth to all areas of my life—cleaning my house, writing my books, planting flowers in my garden, visiting with friends. Finding God while cooking and in everything, for that matter, is such a joy when I just do it!
Enjoy this delightful You Tube video of Linda Evans Shepherd and Penny Carlavato making Russian Chicken.
©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author and writing mentor, and to friends and family, a good cook too! Find Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com