It was my turn to bring a breakfast dish to my mom group. With 4 eggs in the fridge, I could hardly bring the egg dish I signed up for. What to bring? I looked at what I had, and thought baked oatmeal. I found a simple recipe, mixed the ingredients and baked.
After a taste test I thought it needed something, so I added nutmeg along with more milk and time in the oven. A few more test tastes later I thought it was done and passable.
After placing my baked oatmeal on the table at my group, I said a quick prayer I wouldn’t take too much home.
How similar to life, work and raising children. We live, work and raise children to the best of our ability with the resources we have. We set our efforts on God’s table and pray for his blessing.
During the brunch time, someone came up to ask for the recipe. I was surprised and glad someone liked it!
However, after the brunch time when one of the leaders got up and said her whole group loved the oatmeal and wanted the recipe, I was shocked!
How could this happen? I didn’t understand. What made the oatmeal so good? I certainly wasn’t aware of any difference. I just made something I could eat. To me it was just okay. Yet I prayed over it and released the results to God. Jesus took my baked oatmeal offering and blessed it in a way I could have never imagined.
Much like I imagine he blessed the five loaves and two fish in Luke 9:16. Jesus took what was offered, five loaves of bread and two fish, he gave thanks and broke them and fed a miraculous five thousand people and had twelves baskets of leftovers.
Unlike the loaves and fish, I didn’t have any leftovers. However, the lesson then and the lesson now is the same. If we use what we have and bring it to God’s table, he blesses our efforts.
What can you bring to God’s table today?
In case you’re wondering, this is the baked oatmeal recipe:
|¼ cup oil or butter (I used coconut oil)||2 tsp. Baking powder|
|2 eggs||1 tsp. salt|
|½ cup maple syrup||1 cup milk (I used coconut milk)|
|3 cups gluten free oatmeal||1 tsp. cinnamon|
|Nutmeg to taste (not in original recipe)|
Mix all together. Put 1-quart fruit in glass cake pan and pour batter over fruit. (I used combo of dried cranberries, dried blueberries and dried cherries.) Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes. (Add more milk, if necessary).