Monday, July 23, 2012
What happened to Annette? Has she gone off the deep end? This isn't her food blog… what's going on?!?!
Not to worry, you'll get it once I'm done explaining…
I was having a very busy day, and I was getting a picnic dinner pulled together using one of the roasted mini-chickens that are available at my local store…
I guess I should also back up and say that because I spend so much time alone (now that I'm retired) I tend to talk to the living things around me (my cat Oreo, visiting birds & insects, the plants…).
So I had brought this little chicken home hot, and subsequently put it in the fridge to get it cold for use in our picnic dinner… I pulled it out of the fridge & started talking to it (ok, maybe I'm just a bit nuts) saying "I guess that wasn't very nice of me to bring you home all nice and warm & then put you in a cold fridge, but I'm going to be cutting you up anyway so I'm sorry about all that…" then I realized how crazy it was talking to a dead chicken carcass… and so I said "ok, I just realized you're already dead so you don't care, you're probably up in heaven sitting next to God, looking down & laughing yourself silly at this crazy person talking to your dead carcass…" then it happened, I had an epiphany….
I got thinking about all those Old Testament sacrifices, and how those animals were in the presence of God once sacrificed, having gone from one life to another & the better off for it… it made me realize that the sacrifices weren't all that hard for the animals, they were hard for the people!! In OT times frequently the family raised the young animal (typically a lamb) for a time in their home before taking it to sacrifice, I'm sure they couldn't help but get a bit attached (especially the children), can you imagine the tears of the kids watching their pet be led away to be sacrificed?
Up until this time I've always felt bad for the sacrifice, but I realize now that I had the wrong perspective… when I look at things from the perspective of eternity I can see how God was using this to tug at the heartstrings of His people & preparing them for His perfect sacrifice - the Lord Jesus Christ.