Feed it, and it will grow

Published 11:31 am Wednesday, August 9, 2023

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I entered my sunroom in time to hear my daughter Monique’s question.

“What’s that?” she said, pointing to the glass jars on the windowsill.

“Sourdough starter,” I said.

“Yum,” my daughter Elise said. “I can’t wait to eat it.”

“Yuck,” Monique said. “I’m never eating anything that sat on your windowsill for a day.”

“It’s been there five days, and it won’t be ready to use for another eight days,” I said.

“There’s no way it’ll be good,” Monique said.”

“It will be delicious,” Elise said.

Between us, I have my doubts. I began this sourdough experiment on a whim. A little flour, a little water, and a lot of reading later, and I’m immersed in a world of words and phrases I don’t understand. I’m even a member of a sourdough Facebook group. All I know is that I must feed it every day for it to grow and mature.

Kinda like my faith.

You see, there are a lot of things on my prayer list right now. Things that are stretching my faith. And I’ve never been more determined to use circumstances to feed my faith.

For me, that means taking a few moments, as many as needed, to remember what God has done in the past. Thinking of situations that seemed impossible and remembering the answers to prayer that God provided always activates my faith.

Then I turn to the Bible, fill my heart with God’s Word, and wait as fear subsides and faith is strengthened.

Though I’m doubting that sourdough, my faith in God is only growing.



Ronny Michel can be reached at rmichel@rtconline.com.