Bursting With Thanks

November 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Daily Devotions, Humorous

By Robin J. Steinweg –

I decided one year that Mom needed a break from cooking the whole Thanksgiving dinner. She and Dad determined still to have it at their house. They would provide the big pull-out table and some side dishes, while traveling relatives could bring fresh fruit and relishes. It was my graduation from Pillsbury Crescent Rolls and Niblets. I would roast (heavenly choir sings) The Turkey.

In preparation, I watched PBS cooking shows and checked out cookbooks from the library. I even found a video for my husband on how to carve a turkey. Thus equipped, I felt confident. After all, I come from good Scandinavian cooking stock.

We ordered a turkey big enough to feed nearly twenty people. He barely fit in my oven. I took no chances. He came with a pop-out thermostat and gravy pouch, and I stuck him in one of those convenient cooking bags. I glanced over the directions, noting how much time he’d need to cook. After a newlywed fiasco in which I served my husband’s bosses nearly-raw chicken, I thought I’d err on the side of well done. I’d cook it a bit longer, but with a cover over the pan so no moisture would escape. The fragrance soon promised a mouth-watering meal.

Pressed for time at the end, I whisked the food from the oven to a towel-lined box along with some pumpkin pies and Potatoes Supreme. I thought I would burst with pleasure at supplying the main dish for the first time! Mom stood by to help lift it out. My husband stood by ready to carve. My older sister stood by, curious. The guests, seated, seemed to suspend their breathing as I raised the cover to reveal a perfect wreck of a bare carcass. It looked like a bomb had landed in its middle. My husband would not need his carving lessons, with the turkey in bite-sized bits. I’d forgotten to cut venting holes in the cooking bag.

Let’s see; humility? That’s an important lesson. Plan ahead more? Be better prepared? Count it all joy when you face trials of many kinds? They say that at such times one’s life passes before one’s eyes. But I took comfort as instead, a verse from 1 Peter in The Message flashed to mind: “Love makes up for practically anything.” Then I obeyed the next verse: “Be quick to give a meal to the hungry…”

AUTHOR QUOTE: Thank God if you belong to a family who loves you whether you succeed or fail (even if they never let you live it down).

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV).

Today’s devotional is by Robin J. Steinweg. Robin’s life might be described using the game Twister: the colored dots are all occupied, limbs intertwine (hopefully not to the point of tangling), and you never know which dot the arrow will point to next, but it sure is fun getting there!

About Robin Steinweg

Today’s devotional is by Robin J. Steinweg. Robin’s life might be described using the game Twister: the colored dots are all occupied, limbs intertwine (hopefully not to the point of tangling), and you never know which dot the arrow will point to next, but it sure is fun getting there!

Comments

6 Responses to “Bursting With Thanks”
  1. Lori Lipsky says:

    Still laughing…

  2. Robin J. Steinweg says:

    So is my family. In a friendly sort of way! I’m thankful to the Lord this year for the happy circumstance of a turkey that turned out well (among many other blessings!).

  3. Vicky Dresser says:

    I was there on that Thanksgiving and was the curious older sister standing by watching and very hungry. I forgot how hilarious that was, Robin. We were thankful that the turkey didn’t wait to explode all over the family. Who knew Robin’s bird would be so entertaining 2 years later AND teach us something wonderful. God is so good. The turkey that carved itself tasted great and Robin got to eat pumpkin pie along with her “Humble pie.” Thanks for sharing, Robin.
    I love it when God teaches me with humor. You never know what goofy subject He’ll use. Many Blessings to All!

  4. Joan Shawhan says:

    Soooo, did you have humble pie? Feel for you sista!

  5. Robin J. Steinweg says:

    Ha! Learning to give thanks for humble pie. Quantities of it, there’s always plenty of it to go around.

  6. Robin J. Steinweg says:

    Wow, Vicky,that’s a mighty nice comment! Thanks.

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