Biscuits or dumplings. ONE part vegetable oil TWO parts buttermilk FOUR parts self-rising flour (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I LOVE buttermilk. Yes I do – I’m one of those weird (I like to think of it as cultured – some would say “special”) people who love to drink it straight. Others mock and turn up their nose at me – even faking a disgusting face, as if to say, “how could you drink that – it’s revolting! ” But I just ignore them. I know who I am.
But most would agree that when it is mixed in food recipes – something magic happens! For example, my husband has found and perfected a buttermilk pancake recipe that melts in our mouths. Without buttermilk the pancakes taste ordinary. Others have found that buttermilk mixed with soup makes a delicious chicken bake – other use it as a batter for frying chicken – and I know some use it when making bread. Some make biscuits and dumplings. I also love it as one of the ingredients for ranch dressing. That one ingredient makes the salad have just the right zip.
So – what is the buttermilk of our lives? Jesus told us that as believers we are the “salt of the earth” – without salt, things are pretty much useless. We bring flavor to the dull and flavorless, light to the darkness etc. – you get the idea. Would buttermilk then become the ingredient that is like “truth” – pretty hard for most to take straight up – but when mixed with the other qualities of humility, peace, mercy and graciousness – it becomes not only better – but actually palatable.
How do you like your “truth”? – straight up, right from the source?
Or do you find that “truth” is a blessing when it comes from someone loving, who is kind, gentle and full of humility?
One thing is for sure – no matter how it comes – how it is packaged, we all need truth in our lives. We need the correct blending of Christ-like qualities operating in our lives at all times. Like a finely tuned recipe for our palette – we need to have an ability to receive everything from God Himself, to enjoy the bountiful feast for our souls, with all things blending beautifully together. Nothing sticking out, nothing out-of-place, nothing used as a weapon against us to beat us up – or drag us down. Nothing making us feel defeated or unworthy – just harmony and peace for our souls.
I like my buttermilk straight up – but brutal truth? Not so much. But I have an appreciation for the kind of Savior that I serve. He is gracious, gentle and kind. He is the perfect gentleman. He silently corrects my bad thoughts and behavior. He does this in secret. He never humiliates, never makes me feel like the ultimate loser. He works with me and my unique personality – He knows how to positively motivate me – because He knows me best.
Ever try to correct someone you didn’t know very well? Ever have someone try to motivate you based on their own fear or private agenda?
To all those our there that can relate to this – I say this:
Try a little buttermilk straight up – then have some of my husband’s buttermilk pancakes and you will see the light – I guarantee it.