Growing up as a Cuban kid in Miami, the pressure cooker was a staple in our kitchen. Mom used to put all sorts of root vegetables in there, and then she’d stick them in a blender with chicken broth and make a yummy soup, which we called “potaje” (that’s Spanish for thick vegetable soup).
I grew up in fear of the pressure cooker. It hissed and steamed and spoke of danger. I heard tall tales of foolish Cubans who opened the pressure cooker too early to explosive results.
I did not want my face to blow up, so I decided to forgo utilizing the pressure cooker.
Now that I am older and wiser, I realize that the pressure cooker has some benefits. For starters, it’s a time saver. If you want to soften up some veggies, you can do it in like 15 minutes. Rachel Ray would be proud of my 30-minute meal — potaje on the table in a jiffy!
Tonight at church, the guest speaker reminded me about the pressure cooker by pointing me to James 1:
Consider it a sheer gift, friends,
when tests and challenges come at you from all sides.
You know that under pressure,
your faith-life is forced into the open
and shows its true colors.
So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely.
Let it do its work
so you become mature and well-developed,
not deficient in any way.
Some days, I feel like I am in the pressure cooker. Don’t you?
Tonight, I was reminded that once the lid comes off and the steam is released, I am going to be softer to His touch. I need to wait. I need to trust the process.
Something to think about…
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