“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Corinthians 12.9 NIV).
I wanted to spend some time with my 8-year old daughter, so I asked her to prepare dinner with me. We were making a sweet potato hash. Part of this recipe called for sliced apples. My daughter had helped me brown the sausage and put the sliced sweet potatoes in the pan, so now it was time for her favorite part–the sweet stuff. She loves chocolate, fruits and anything sweet!
I sliced the apples and handed her a butter knife. I asked her to cut off the apple core remnants on each slice of apple. I could tell she was having a difficult time lining the butter knife across the core. She didn’t want to take too much of the apple flesh off, so precision was necessary. When she finally got the blunt blade exactly where she wanted it, she struggled with cutting. She didn’t have the strength to bring the butter knife through the apple flesh.
I gently put my hand over hers and helped her with each step. After we were done, she looked so pleased. At dinner, we let everyone know that Kiki and I made the hash together. The truth is, though, that there would have been no way for her to prepare the dish on her own. She needed her mother’s guidance, strength and encouragement.
Many times God has us do things that are way beyond our ability. He doesn’t do this to make us fail; He does this so His strength will be made perfect in our weakness. The end result will bless others, but His main objective is truly to spend time with us. Why? Because Jesus created us, died for us and loves us. He wants to have an ever-growing personal relationship with us. He willingly shares His glory in us, allowing us to take partial credit of fulfilling His amazing plan of earth, so we can have fellowship with Him.
“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” (John 17.22-23 NIV).
Sassy Sweet Potato Hash
1 pound of breakfast sausage
1/2 onion diced
2 peeled and sliced sweet potatoes
2 peeled and sliced apples
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of minced garlic
Salt to flavor
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add olive oil, minced garlic and diced onion into a skillet and cook on stovetop on medium heat until the onions become soft. Add breakfast sausage and brown. Set aside.
Into a deep dish pan, add sliced sweet potatoes and apples. Once sausage mixture is done, pour into the deep dish pan with sweet potatoes and apples. Mix contents of the pan and add salt. Bake for about 20 minutes until sweet potatoes are soft. Enjoy!