I love applesauce. In our home when my sisters and I were growing up, we always had a freezer full of homemade applesauce, enough to last all year. Applesauce-making was an all-day family event, and Mom had some special gadgets (like the old-fashioned strainer on the right) to speed up the process.
When I moved to Taiwan, I could not find applesauce in stores anywhere, and I did not have Mom’s “fancy” tools which I thought I needed in order to make my own. So, for a year or two, I was deprived of applesauce altogether. When my longing for the delectable treat finally peaked, I decided to check online to see if there was an easy recipe for homemade applesauce.
Throughout history, God has chosen feeble human vessels to do His work in unlikely circumstances. Here are a few examples from the Bible: Jonah, who hightailed it out of there but eventually repented and brought a nation to repentance; David, a shepherd boy who became king of God’s chosen people; and Mary, a teenage girl who birthed and raised Jesus, God-made-flesh. Each one had a choice of whether to follow God’s leading or to disobey. They weren’t all perfect, and they didn’t all choose obedience the first time every time, but there are two patterns that I notice about these folks: 1) they had a plan, but God changed it dramatically, and 2) God’s power was “made perfect in [their] weakness” (God’s words in 2 Corinthians 12:9). Continue reading “Grace Sufficient”