There is one thing better than pulling a tray of freshly baked bread rolls from the oven – and that’s eating ’em – ladled with best butter of course! Sweet sticky cakes don’t hit the spot for me but a still-warm hot cross bun…ooooah!
I did some research into their wonderful raising agent – yeast. What is it? Where does it come from? I mean before it gets into the foil sachets at the supermarket. Apparently, if you leave flour moist for some time, eventually it will begin to ferment, and a creamy yeast culture can be taken from it. In ancient Egypt, they would use this the first time, to get the bread dough to rise, then keep a little of the dough back to mix in with the next batch.
When God gave the Israelites instructions about their observation of the Passover festival, (Exodus 13:5-10) he told them to use no yeast in their bread for seven days. In fact, they had to get rid of it completely. So, if they wanted raised bread again, they would have to start from scratch, fermenting some flour to begin a new yeast culture.
So really, it wasn’t just about getting rid of the yeast, which symbolised sin (see It’s Everywhere) it was also about making a fresh start. And like most fresh starts, it required a lot more effort. Turning over a new leat, starting a diet, pushing a car, giving up something you like, trying harder. It’s the getting going that’s the hardest part.
A few days ago, due to my caring role, I’d had several really bad nights, and had to crawl out of bed yet again at 5.50am. With eyes barely open, I went downstairs and was greeted by Chris Tomlin’s Awake, awake, awake my soul… “Nooooooo!” I shouted. I DID NOT WANT to be awake. But you know, the same thing happens in the spiritual. We are cosy in our fellowship with God and believers. Safe in our comfort zones. And unless we wake up and get serious about wanting to see others saved, to steadfastly pray for a fresh move of God, to be undaunted in our prayers for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world, then probably nothing will change. So we can stay in our snoozy, comfortable Christianity or we can wake up and determine to press on to the next level. It’s the getting going that’s the hardest part. Are you ready for the fresh start challenge?