"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens" Ecclesiastes 3:1
I heard something recently that I just can't shake, "The seed I've been given I will sow." It was on the same day a friend sent me something she read in her devotional. Basically it was about how we live among people who glorify busyness; they have made time a tyrant that controls their lives. They've bought into the illusion that more is always better; more meetings, more programs, more activity. It seems the busier you are the more important you are, or at least it appears that way. My friend didn't send this to me because of my busyness...quite the opposite. My life is pretty quiet, and because of that, feeling insignificant is a daily struggle. I'm sure I'm not alone in this, a few of the young moms I meet with every week feel very much the same way. Feeling trapped at home, doing mundane chores and attending to the needs of the little ones demanding their every moment. It's been a while since I was in that season of life but I remember it well.
I was grateful for that devotion from my friend, it came at the perfect time. It shared that sometimes we are called to solitary paths, and when we are on those paths if we make the most of them they can be sweet, and great blessing can come through them. Its good to remember that life goes in seasons. And with whatever season we find ourselves, I'm reminded that embracing it instead of fighting it might be the best approach. So if you can relate in any way to this why don't we throw everything we have into it with enthusiasm, prayer and energy. Lets look for all the small doors that God has set before us each day because we don't know what is small in God's eye. Spiritual size is not measured in the same way physical size is measured. The doors God opens are like this: Unlimited chances to do something worth while; grand openings into new and unknown adventures of significant life; unimagined chances to do good, to make our lives count for eternity. God's primary will for us is the person we become, not the circumstances we inhabit. What seed have you been given? Whatever your "seed" might be begin to prepare the soil and plant it well, and then just wait and see what God brings forth!-s
Loosely adapted from the Ramos House Cookbook
10 ears of sweet white corn
3/4 cup masa harina (corn flour)
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, diced
3 ribs celery, diced
1 Tbsp. harissa
1 tsp. dried oregano
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. chopped thyme
1 russet potato, diced into 1/4 inch dice
1 18 oz. can white corn hominy
salt and freshly ground black pepper
freshly popped corn for serving
Cut kernels from the cobs and set aside. Place corn cobs in a large stock pot and cover with water (approx.8 cups). Bring water to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour. Remove from heat and strain the corn stock through a sieve, discarding the cobs and reserving the liquid. Add more water if necessary to bring back to 8 cups.
In a separate stock pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add masa harina and incorporate using a whisk. Stirring constantly over medium-low heat, cook the masa roux for approximately 5 minutes. Add onions, pepper, celery, harissa, oregano, garlic, thyme, and reserved corn kernels. Stir to coat the vegetables with roux. Cook for 5 more minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally to avoid scorching the bottom of the pot. Add corn broth, potato, and hominy, bring to a simmer. If soup seems to thick add water. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Top with freshly popped corn and serve.