Lesson Learned from a Cast Iron Skillet
Many years ago, when I was first newly married, this is hilarious yaWL, I went into the kitchen to do some cooking. I grabbed a frying pan, a cast iron skillet to be exact. Now, I know how to cook, I may not be Rachael Ray, but I can cook up a meal that will make a two-stepper tap-dance.
Anywho, when I got hold of the pan, I thought, dear GOD, what has Bill done to this poor pan. I had never owned or even seen a cast iron skillet before this day, and as far as I was concerned, this torched apparatus was useless, ugly, and no good.
At first, I thought to discard the hideous looking thing but then I had an idea. Maybe I could bring it back to its glory? So what does Narda decide to do? Of course, I decided to put some gloves on, get myself a margin trowel (google it - LOL) and began my excavation to bring this deathly looking skillet back to life. Cause, of course, I knew what I was doing, right? Wrong! And never mind what Bill thought when he saw me scrubbing, ajaxing, and removing the "seasoning" from the skillet!!!
Many of us treat ministry and people just like this mindset against the cast iron skillet. We try to take something we are not really familiar with and reduce it to conform into an image of what we think is appealing. We scrub and rub, calling ourselves "refining" or "tweaking" without ever realizing that you are the very one lacking insight and experience.
In our prideful state, with our so-called "cooking" experience, we failed to perceive that the iron skillet had been around the block for a very long time. A cast iron skillet is, well, made out of sturdy iron. It is versatile. Can be placed on stove, inside ovens, and on grills. It was built to last, can endure immense pressures of heat - the reason for its "blackness" and rough rustic appearance, and is not easily destroyed.
So, the next time you decide that you want to criticize ministry and the people whose worship and spiritual warfare is lit and on a different level than yours, remember the cast iron skillet. You may find yourself in a fight one day that will require the assistance from Kingdom war veterans with a cast iron skillet spirit. ~2019 Narda Goodson, Daily Doses of Gospel PiLLs