Will the real turkey please stand up?
“but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,” 1 Corinthians 1:27 (NASB)
By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
Happy New Year everybody!
I realized while I was doing some outside cooking that I truly enjoy finding messages in everyday things such as smoking a turkey.
Once again as the Word says, God will choose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise and boy oh boy was I fooled.
With all of the preparation from the bringing to the selection of seasonings and the different kinds of wood right down to the positioning of the turkey over the smoke – I thought I had it right.
To tell the truth, I was way out of my league and should have known after my previous attempts without taking advice. I been told at certain times and concerning manly things especially ‘outdoor cooking’, “you can ask me anything, but you can’t tell me nothing.”
I’m kinda certain now that maybe I should start paying attention, “bah humbug!”
Yeah, I think I can cook pretty good on the outside. fry turkeys and I even clean fish as well as making a darn good “Mrs. Essie’s catfish stew.” However, this time I found a lifelong lesson in the smoking of a turkey.
Smoking a turkey can be fun and exciting and the taste can be award winning.
After about 10 hours of devoted love to smoking that darn bird, I opened the smoker and gazed upon this beautiful pecan- tan luscious 30-pound bird with juices seeping from its breast. Oh boy, was I in for a surprise.
Just when I thought I had it all together and had prepared this turkey all by myself without any help from anybody, it hit me: Even when you think you are the best and you know everything ,it is certainly revealed at a moment’s notice when you’re really, truly dependent on your skills-bam! It slams you like a Samurai wrestler.
That turkey looked good and inviting, fit for a King to feast on; however, it was jacked up.
Lessons learned: seek ye wise counsel and “pride comes before the fall” concerning my situation. That means to me that I allowed my arrogance to dictate an act unjustified because of the rehearsal of being prideful in the wrong way. The one who feeds himself with too much pride could “tumble” from the place of humility.
I am guilty of all the above and it was because of a turkey that I now know who the real turkey is-me.
To Tell the Truth, a popular game show during the middle 1950s through the late 60s, was a show that associated real characters against impersonators while a panel of four celebrities determined who was real and who was not. The participants had to try and sucker the celebrities into believing the two impostors were the real ones. When everyone had voted, the host would ask, “Will the real character please stand up?” The real person would then stand.
If it was asked of me and the smoke turkey, “Will the real character please stand up?” I guess I would have to stand.
Whatever it takes for us not to go throughout this year being a real turkey-do it!
Dear God, in the name of Jesus I ask that however You teach us the lessons You want us to learn, allow us to find them and use them to uplift Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
LIFE IS A NEVERENDING CLASSROOM WHERE LESSONS ARE LEARNED