The Present Moment as a Meal Prepared by the Master Chef

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 51

But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

–Hebrews 5:14 (ESV)

It is only by the fullness of the present moment that your soul can truly be nourished, strengthened, purified, enriched, and sanctified. If that which God himself has chosen for you is not enough, what other hand but his would be able to serve you as you wish? If you are disgusted by a meal that the divine will has prepared, what food would taste good to your palette, debased as it is?

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

Picture the present moment as a dish being served to you by the master chef. He has prepared it just for you, according to his expertise. Even though he prepares countless moments like this, the same care and precision goes into each one. Learn to receive them in a manner worthy of their preparation.

Imagine being invited to a restaurant to be served a meal prepared especially for you by the world’s greatest chef. You might hesitate to criticize the food, even if it does not taste like you expected. Perhaps the chef knows better than you how it should taste. If the food is not to your liking, perhaps the fault lies with you. Maybe it should have been prepared for someone with a more refined taste.

Spiritually, this is the problem of the debased palette that Jean Pierre de Caussade refers to in the quote above. We find fault with the present moment, as if we were qualified to judge, as if we were experts in the matter of providence, with centuries of experience in bringing order to the universe.

In fact, ordering the universe is none of your business. You are not the cook in this metaphor; stay out of the kitchen. You have your own business to attend to, your responsibilities in life. You cannot take care of your own business when you are meddling in the kitchen of the divine chef.

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