Today’s ministry miracle was making lunch for 128 guests in just 45 minutes with whatever I could find in the freezer. I got into this tight spot today due to a scheduling error in which I was told the day’s group of volunteers would be bringing the lunch with them. When it got down to the wire, and no group appeared, I grabbed frozen pepperoni, spinach, and kale out of the walk-in freezer and then coached a volunteer on how to make a bechamel sauce (butter, flour, and milk). Forty five short minutes later I had six cheesy casseroles for the crowd and they loved it! The volunteers laughed when I called it a Christmas Miracle but on a deeper level I really meant it.
I so appreciate these moments in ministry where I get into a sticky situation and think to myself that there is no way this is going to work. When everything does in fact work out I know that God is in the work with me. Sometimes these are the most valuable moments because I am reminded that this is not my work, and I am not in it for myself. God and I are in this together and I trust that God equips the called rather than calling the equipped; although a culinary degree doesn’t hurt either. I’ve only been the chef at the Thomas Merton Center in Bridgeport for three weeks so right now days like these are more common than I’d like to admit. I hope and trust that these reminders of my co-creativity with God, and dependence on God, will continue to come but hopefully they will be gentler in the future.