Halloween fell on a Friday night, also known as date night. Keith and I decided to stay home in case we were blessed with Trick or Treaters (a rare event), and I opted to make a special dinner for us. I love to cook and one of my favorite methods is to grab what’s available in my kitchen and create something marvelous. With that said, I had noticed a package of meat in the freezer some time ago and wasn’t exactly sure what it was…beef? Pork? We often buy meat in bulk and then package portions for two. All I knew is that there were two pieces of something and it was time to eat the mystery meat.
I grabbed my special spices and some vegetables from the fridge and I was off. I sautéed some onions and mushrooms, added some zucchini and a little carrot for color. I generously seasoned my meat and let everything simmer. I added a touch of my favorite olive oil and some shaved Parmesan cheese, threw a yeast roll on the plate and it looked and smelled terrific.
My husband “ooed” and “ahhed”. We thanked God for our food and dug in. And then it came:
“What’s the matter?” I asked.
“Well there’s not very much meat…it’s like all bone”, he replied.
“Okay so it’s not the greatest piece of meat, but seriously, you put too much emphasis on meat. Concentrate on these marvelous vegetables. You have plenty to eat”.
“Hmmph…but this is ridiculous. What kind of meat is this supposed to be?”
“REALLY? I don’t know, beef or pork, who cares”? I then did my best to show him that there was sufficient meat on this boney steak until…well then, I said, “Hmmph…does the meat taste a little funky?”
“Yes it does. Where did you get this meat?”
“It was that little package that’s been sitting in the freezer for awhile.” And then I had the revelation.
Last summer we grilled a couple of pork steaks and instead of throwing the bones in the garbage, my husband suggested we wrap them and put them in the freezer to avoid excessively smelly garbage. He said he would grab them when he took the trash to the dump later in the week. He forgot.
So there you have it. I seasoned that trash, I sautéed that trash, I made that trash smell amazing. I even dressed that trash to the point we couldn’t WAIT to dig in, but it was still trash…and I was sick the entire next day.
Is it just me, or does this remind you of sin? We look at it, we dress it up, and we make it look good. We convince ourselves that it can’t be THAT bad. But it’s still sin and it still makes us sick. How often do we postpone “throwing the sin out”? Instead, we put it away, out of sight. We may even forget about it for a while but it shows up just when we think we have it all under control, and it makes us sick.
“Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
Hebrews 1:21 NIV
Then we won’t have to wonder “Trick or Treat?”