Sunday, September 25, 2011
Just Like a "Suddenly Verse"
I love "suddenlies." You know, like in the Bible:
"And immediately her flow of blood was dried up at the source, and [ suddenly] she felt in her body that she was healed of her [ distressing] ailment."
"Then suddenly there appeared with the angel an army of the troops of heaven, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest..."
A Woman suffered for years then suddenly! She was healed. Shepherds sat out on a quiet, dark hillside then suddenly! The night sky filled with angels, and too, suddenly! The Savior appeared upon this earth in the form of a baby.
Something, for a long time, was one way then suddenly! It was completely different.
Well, Tom and I experienced more suddenlies yesterday. Suddenly Tom felt better than he had in two weeks. Suddenly we sold his tractor. Suddenly our kitchen now holds a refrigerator (such luxury!).
Don't you just love suddenlies, too?
And so let this encourage you. Just because something may be one (sad, not great) way in your life today, that doesn't mean it will always stay the same. Suddenlies come more often than we realize--we just need to notice and appreciate them more.
Some suddenlies need a nudge (like the way Tom advertised the tractor on Craig's List) and some require obedience to that still, small voice (the way Tom felt led to visit the estate sale we'd driven past hours before, not realizing of course, that the perfect refrigerator awaited us there).
Other suddenlies require a steady, non-wavering belief that all will be well.
So if you need a suddenly, keep doing what God has asked you to do and keep believing, no matter how discouraging things may look otherwise. You never know--today your own suddenly might just appear at your own front door.
I was so thrilled at all our suddenlies, that this morning I made Fideo (Mexican spaghetti, pronounced fi-day-o) for Tom for breakfast since it's a favorite of his. Here is my recipe for it, but it's one of those dishes where you just throw things in until they look right to you. :)
Ingredients for three servings:
Angel hair pasta
A medium can of seasoned diced tomatoes (or a large fresh tomato, diced)
1/3 cup salsa (or more, to taste)
1 cup water
1/2 lb. cooked ground beef (or two pieces of cooked chicken, whichever you prefer)
Jalapeno rings, diced, to your taste
A few olives, to your taste
Seasonings such as onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper
A few drops hot sauce
Break up the angel hair pasta (enough for three servings) into two-inch-long pieces (or so) in a huge skillet (or Dutch oven-type--this gets messy) and lightly brown in 2 tbl. of oil.
Add the remaining ingredients, stir to mix evenly.
Cover and cook on super-low until pasta is ready, approximately 20 minutes. Add more water or salsa or juice from tomato if it begins to stick to pan.
Sprinkle with cheese if desired.