God's Word for Today: Cocido
Job 30:19 "He throws me into the mud, and I am reduced to dust and ashes.”
This morning, for the second time in my Paraguay adventure, I had the privilege to enjoy a rural Yerba mate tea commonly called Cocido. It is an amazing smooth hot tea that just plain makes a person feel good.
My very good friend Arturo, first showed me how this Cocido is made. You simply take some of the hottest coals,from the fire you are using to cook and boil your water with, and place them on a plate that contains a mixture of Yerba mate (traditional Paraguay tea leaves) and sugar. You then gently introduce the hot coals to the sugar and leaves, to cook the two items together. To me it appears that the hot coals caramelize the sugar while combining the tea.
You roll around a hot coal until it cools too much, then you simply grab another red hot coal and repeat.
Once you are happy with how your mixture is a black and sticky type ash, you discard your cooled coals, back to the fire, and add your preparation to your pot of boiling water that your fire has been diligently working on.
After this has boiled a couple of minutes (boiling time determined by strength desired) you pour your mixture through a filter(similar to a stocking stretched over a hoop with a handle. And, wallah you have Cocido tea.
I would be fibbing if I told you this tea contains no ash taste from the hot coals. To me, that is the appeal. It tells me that the preparer put more effort into making this tea than a microwave and a tea bag. Besides, shouldn't we all have a little ash in our diet?
Some claim that ashes absorb the toxins in your stomach and help remove them. I will let you decide for yourself. To me, this Cocido is great stuff, and my stomach is quite happy.
There are many references to hot coals and ashes in the Bible. Most of those references, a person spends their life trying to avoid. This, referring to the ashes of death and the hot burning coals of hell.
But God in all of his wonder and glory has even taken the hot coals of destruction and the ashes of death, and gave them a good reference.
Have you ever woke up to a day when you realized your life was smack dab in the middle of a hot bed of coals and you were finally getting tired of being burned? Or, maybe your wake up for the day, was realizing your life was burnt up, pretty much done, and just a pile of ashes?
Today, know that God sent Jesus to come take care of both these dilemmas. Jesus will take care of the hot coals burning your life to ruins and/or the ashes of your seemingly ruined life, throw them in with the sugar of God's love, the healing tea of His grace and make the most wonderful Cocido you have ever tasted. Just give God control........
Prayer: Dear Lord whose wrote the recipe of my life. I thank you for everything that has tasted so very good. Forgive me for the good things in my life that I have made bitter and sour. Today Lord, please take the hot coals and the ashes of my life, and let's create something good from them. In Jesus', the Master Chef of this world, name I pray. Amen and amen.