It was Dr. Kevin Lehmen who wrote the book “Sex begins in the Kitchen”. Well, I don’t know about that, but I do know that the kitchen can be a great place to model the servant-hood of the Lord Jesus Christ. The kitchen can also be a dangerous place as well.
Let me share a few thoughts on the danger of the kitchen and a few thoughts afterwards on the blessings of the kitchen. The kitchen is a waiting place that can cause weighting problems. We have to wait for our food to defrost, wait for our food to cook and then wait to reheat food in the microwave (oh, those microwaves-how did we ever get along without them). While all this waiting is happening we might fill up with munching that can cause other weighting issues. With all the abundance we have today, we must be careful the kitchen doesn’t become a place that fills us up. We are reminded of the words of the Psalmist who said “My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning- yest, more than those who watch for the morning” (Ps. 130:6 NKJ).
This Sunday we are having a guest speaker for our Evening service. Because we use our kitchen for practicing hospitality, we invited him for dinner before the service. He accepted our invitation but also shared that he has food allergies that result in immediate migraine headaches. No pressure on my wife. Ah yes, wisdom must be applied in the kitchen. I will let you know how that that goes next week. Having people over can be dangerous illustrated by the time we had a group of students over for a turkey dinner after church. When my wife went to take out the 22 pound turkey out of the oven, she threw her back out. The kitchen can be a dangerous place.
Yes, but it can also be a place of great blessing. Our Lord desires we experience His gracious kindness and goodness in our lives and the kitchen is one of the places we can experience this. When we consider the bounty of tastes and flavors the Lord has granted us, what a blessing it is. The Psalmist says “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him” (Ps. 34:8 NKJ). The kitchen in our home has been a place of filling and nourishment as my wife Deb and I serve and work together. I think of Jesus taking on the form of a servant for us and I see the kitchen as a great place for the little touches of life that warm our hearts. As we have modeled before friends and family a cooperative spirit in working the kitchen, we thank the Lord that we can taste and see the Lord’s goodness in every room of our house and of our hearts. Let’s enjoy all that God has so fully given us.
For the King, Pastor Rich