God is the Teflon in my life.
Teflon! What a great invention, it makes cooking so much easier!
And such a great help in making a quick afternoon treat.
But more than this, it has gently reminded me of a great gift in my life.
Yes that’s right, I learnt from the Teflon.
My afternoon ‘classroom’ consisted of a heated Teflon pan, a light spray of oil, a small amount of butter and the perfect mixture for pikelets.
If you can imagine the aroma sent from the kitchen you can also picture the excitement and hunger felt in anticipation…Pikelets with jam and cream, a simple yet slightly extravagant afternoon tea. Not an everyday occasion in our home but the excitement builds when it is.
As I dropped a tab of butter in the pan to melt, I gave it a twirl to cover as much of the base as possible before placing the mixture in to cook. From experience this has helped to give that gorgeous golden color and a pretty good taste, and also helps to speed up the cooking, a much desired outcome from those hungry mouths.
When the bubbles begin to appear the mixture is telling me to turn it over, and as I listen to this, I do as required in order for the other side to cook. To perform this task to the best and achieve that very yummy perfect golden and crisp pikelet my tool needs to be non-stick and flexible. With precise action the pikelet is flipped, cooked and removed ready for demolishing!
As I continued with what could normally become a mundane task I began to witness a very reassuring example before my eyes.
The magic of the Teflon was speaking to me!
The mixture being poured into the pan continued to cook to perfection yet did not stick to the pan. Yes this was what Teflon was designed to do, but quite an amazing trick if you think about it.
And again this happened when I flipped them over to cook on the other side. The pan performed the task as required and allowed the perfect afternoon tea to be cooked.
As I watched each small piece of mixture flow through this process I was reminded of how God is so much like Teflon in our lives. As we are poured into life’s ‘hot’ spots, and although we can feel like we are becoming a bit to ‘cooked’, if we seek and hang into God we will not stick to the situation and nor does the situation become stuck to us.
Wow, this was enough of a revelation in itself. At this point alone I was thanking God for the ‘Teflon’ that He is in my life.
But then as I continued with the cooking, so did my lesson.
We are often lifted by the faithfulness of our Gracious God, and just when we thought it was over, and to be placed in an atmosphere of peace and joy, we are turned over and put again into the ‘hot’ spot. We experience some further browning on this the second side, but just like the other side we are removed at the perfect time and not stuck to the situation. God is our every faithful Lifter.
And similar to the cooking process of the pikelet, we in our ‘hot’ spots send out an aroma. Others can be drawn in by the fragrance of God’s love and grace through the time we spend in our ‘hotter’ moments.
Who would have ever thought that Teflon could be so enlightening!
May our ‘golden’ moments in the fry pan, remind us that not only is our time in there for a season, but also in the midst of this we can have faith that our trusting and wonderful God will be our lifter when the time is right.
PS: If you are now hungry for Pikelets, here is the recipe.
- Spray Oil
- 1 cup (150g) self-raising flour
- 1 tablespoon caster sugar
- 3/4 cup (185ml) milk
- 1 egg
- butter for pan
- Sift flour and sugar together into a bowl with a pinch of salt.
- Whisk milk and egg together, then add to dry ingredients, whisking until smooth.
- Heat a non-stick fry pan over medium heat and give a light spray, then a small tab of butter to melt.
- Pour tablespoons of the mixture into the pan and cook until bubbles appear on the surface.
- Turn over and cook other side for 1 minute until golden.
Allow to cool before serving with jam and cream.