I was thinking the other day. That’s dangerous to begin with, but I realized something about our emotions. When something makes us angry, we stew about it and it just keeps affecting our lives.
Think about a “stew” on the stove. It permeates the pot and all the flavors end up in the meat and other veggies in the stew.
But when we marinate a steak or chicken, it’s one flavor that we want that meat to take on.
Some may think I’m a little “out there” when I make this analogy. But when the enemy has an impact on our lives it can come in the form of any one of many outside sources. People, habits, temptations or just outright sin. Almost anything that is an irritant to us can drag us down. That’s a stew.
But when we marinate ourselves in God, we can take on His flavor and reflect it back to anyone we come in contact with. Marinating ourselves in prayer, His Word, His beauty, blessing, mercy and grace, can repel anything else that tries to “flavor” our lives.
Paul says in Romans 12:2 not to conform to this world but to be transformed by the “renewing of your mind so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” In other words, we should marinate in Him.
May you marinate and soak in the love of God and reflect His flavor to everyone you come in contact with!