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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Strawberries, Basil and Balsamic Vinegar

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I don't know if this happens for you, or not.  But, for me, spending a good length of consistent time in my kitchen brings on the deep thinking.  
Especially while washing dishes.

Well this morning...after washing dishes... and cleaning up around the kitchen... I pulled out a few berries that needed to get taken care of.  Quick!

I remembered a recipe I thought I'd like to try.

Sliced Strawberries
Basil
Balsamic Vinegar

{insert deep thinking mode}


I got to thinking how each one of these ingredients - alone, on their own - hold their own weight.
Each one is unique.
Intense.
Flavorful.
Distinct.

But to marry all of this together?

Yes!

How often in our interpersonal relationships...
We, the berries, get bruised and cut down and sliced apart?
It happens, sometimes.

Along {may} comes life's trajectories.
Against our will, these things get thrown at us.
Bits and pieces.  Shreds and shards...
They've become apart of us.

In relationships, though, we need one another to sharpen us.
Grow us.
Build us up.
Encourage.
This isn't going to be perfect.  Never meant to!  Never will.
It could be ugly.
Tasting awful.
Expectations revealed... reveal the worst, in us!

Basil and Berries?
Who would think... this?

Balsamic Vinegar?
Really?
A splash here, a glug, glug there..
Poured out.
Just enough.

Is Grace always gentle?
Sometimes it hurts.
Sometimes it heals.
{vinegar is known for this..)

In the stir and wake of reality..
This marriage, if you will...
People.
Friends.
Relationships... with whomever.

Without Jesus..
It's all a mess.  It's unthinkable.

But in the allowing of truth to be revealed..
and we accept our differences; and we're willing to be in the "bowl" together...
I mean, this is life, after all!...

What a beautiful mix.
There can't be a better thing.

Each part plays a role in how we perceive the outcome to be.
Each ingredient left alone is fine.  But together, this is a blend, worth giving an extra chance!

If we throw away and don't use the berries - because of a few bruises and such...
or don't add the basil - because well, who really likes their greens - especially of this kind?
And /or if we fail to add the {balsamic}...
due to it's bitterness; mostly because we're afraid of what it might do...??

Vulnerability to taking the first bite...is often the truest form of trust.
Letting go of ourselves for the betterment of another is simply - hard!
Perception is surprising, don't you think?
What we think may be the best can really be made better still. 

Keep trying!  Keep working on that blend...
Be willing to give and give and give again.

It stands true.
This really is and will become the most beautiful gift two can offer.

Best enjoyed where two or three are gathered...

1 comment:

  1. Good analogy Bevy, I can see why you chose this post for your top 12 list! :)

    I also wanted to take the moment to say thank you for contributing when possible to the Art of Home-Making Mondays in 2014. We hope to see you sprinkled when able in 2015 :)

    Happy and healthy and blessed new year to you!

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