We live in a time where we want everything in life microwaved. Instant rice. Instant tea. Dinner in 10 minutes. Quick. Fast. Hurry. Many don’t remember a time where you had to wait a proper amount of time for food to properly and wholly be created, warmed, or baked.
With God, excellence from our lives is not created in microwave quickness. It is created in more of a marinade style. The art of marinating is when meat is soaked in a rue, usually a vinegar based substance, filled with herbs, spices, and occasionally fruit and fruit juices. It is designed to take a long time so the seasons soak into the fibers of the meat. When eaten, you taste the delicate herbs and spices in the meat.
The meat simply waits. It just sits there immersed in the bath. All the while, a great change is happening to the meat. It is becoming tastier and more satisfying to the pallet of the ones who will partake. It is transitioning of becoming an ordinary to extraordinary.
You can’t taste the meat from the marinade yet you can’t take the marinade without the meat. As Jesus said of our lives, in Christ, we are to live, move, and have our being. (Acts 17:28) We live in Jesus and Jesus lives in us. Together as one. United together as a force and not to be distinguished from one to the other.
As believers, God desires us to wait, or marinate, in Him. The Bible declares they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles and shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
Waiting can be anguishing. It is an easy time to blame the enemy but the enemy is kept at bay the whole time while God does his most intricate work in and on our lives. Yet, as we wait, He is taking our ordinary lives and pulling out our normalcy and infusing us with powerful, effective to live beyond ourselves. As fruit juices infuse the meat, God is placing inside of the fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, gentleness, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, patience, and self-control.
Though the flesh looks almost the same, food takes on the color of the juices. It like Moses when He spent days with the Lord, came down from the mountain. When He entered the camp of the Israelites, they said his face glowed with the glory of the Lord. It was so visible many, even his own family, were afraid to approach him. (Exodus 34:29-35)
Finally, Beloved, remember you are the salt of the earth. (Matthew 5:13) The process of marination makes us better and more effective. The process of waiting brings out the best of us to make us the best with others. Every place we go and everyone we meet should be better because they came in contact with us.
Endure the marination. Wait. It is not easy but wait. Your best is truly yet to come. Hold on and watch how your savory life will move those around from good to great!