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3 Lessons from the Pressure Cooker

No, that title is actually not a metaphor. After a particularly amazing Black Friday sale, I realized a personal dream and now own a pressure cooker of my very own.

The past week has been quite amazing because cold weather has necessitated lots of soups, and thanks to my $2.99 Kindle pressure cooker cookbook, I’ve lots of ideas to try.

No, this is not turning into a food blog, but I did see some spiritual parallels with cooking this way that I thought I would share.

  • You get more done in less time. With six kids currently in our house (yes, we’re severely outnumbered), time is a premium commodity and preparation is crucial. The pressure cooker can have an entire meal ready in 30 minutes, but the depth of flavor makes you think it’s been slowly cooking for the day.

When life feels heavy and you’re in the pressure cooker, you can take comfort that something beautiful is being produced in you. What may have taken years can be brought out in days or months. God allows the pressure because He cares about your flavor–er, character–and He wants that to shine.

  • It still takes time in order to do it right. There are some dump-and-go recipes, but many of them I’ve tried so far require a little prep work. In order to get the best flavor and product, you may have to saute your onions or brown your meats. If you don’t take the time to do things properly before you cook, you could end up with something less.

The pressure cooker of life is not magical. You know as well as I do that being thrown into difficult situations without any preparation can bring out the worst in you. So how do you prepare properly? You have to listen to the Holy Spirit for the recipe. He may ask you to fast, to spend time praying, to worship or be in His presence. Those things set you up for greater glory when the pressure comes.

  • If you don’t start with good ingredients, your meal suffers. This one actually applies to any cooking. If you’re using weeks old, moldy vegetables, meat that’s past its prime, spices that you received as a wedding gift 35 years ago… You aren’t going to get the flavor or health benefits no matter how much pressure you apply.

This is similar to the last point, but what you put in is what you get out. Bad habits, traits, and attitudes make your life’s flavor terrible. You don’t have love, joy, truth, relationship, etc.? You’re bland and tasteless. You may have no control over when the pressure comes, but by living in forgiveness and healing while leaning into the Spirit who gives you good fruit, you’ll come through with something amazing.

You know what? Maybe God was right (understatement of the millennium, I know).

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. –James 2:2-4

It may not feel great at times, but that pressure really is producing something powerful that no man or enemy can take away from you. Yep, I’ll say it… I’m thankful for the pressure cooker.

How about you? Ever been bothered by the pressure? What are you thankful for this week?

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2 Comments

  1. Fantastic analogy, Jason! So glad I can run to the Lord when those pressures of life mount up.
    Blessings!

    • Thanks so much, Martha. 🙂

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