Protein Oatmeal Recipe

Chasing God & Protein Oatmeal

Hebrews 11:1 (icb)

Faith means being sure of the things we hope for. And faith means knowing that something is real even if we do not see it.

Read

I find myself chasing God a lot, so it makes total sense that when I was roaming the aisles of Half Price Books a few weeks ago, I jumped (literally – top shelf) for a book called Chasing God. Written by Angie Smith, the book is a more eloquent, well-written version of how I feel most often. It depicts the struggle that comes from chasing God instead of experiencing Him. And while the entire book was great, a single concept has stuck with me since I finished reading it. In her conclusion of the book, she shares the insight that she eventually comes to.

“I hear the sound of Your voice, and I can’t help but shake in awe. I would have kept running, Lord. But that wasn’t the answer. So You came back for me; to remind me that You loved me that much. And You whispered the words that quarried me deep: Stop looking for Me, love. Look at Me.”

That last sentence has been rolling around in my mind since I read it. I’d like to say it struck me in a “I finally see the light!” kind of way. But instead, it raised more questions. It was something that I wanted to be easy, it seemed like it should be easy. The words were hanging there right in front of me; stop looking for me and look at me. But when I tried, I only found myself rubbing my eyes in the dark.

How could I look at God when I couldn’t see Him? Isn’t that how the chasing began in the first place? Aren’t we talking about the basic concept of Hide and Seek? First you must look for someone before you can look at them, right?

As I turned this phrase over and over in my mind, God revealed something to me that completely changed my perspective. I wish I could tell you it makes this easier; in fact, I’ve found it to be even more difficult than chasing God. Resting.

The reason the hide and seek approach doesn’t work with God is because He’s not playing the game. He’s not hiding. Just because I can’t see Him doesn’t mean He’s not there. God is who He’s always been and where He’s always been. Having faith is knowing that. You can see something without looking at it, and you can look at something without seeing it. God is asking us to do the first, and most of us are doing the latter.

Chasing God is a lack of faith and an attempt at control. It’s saying that God isn’t available in the way that I want Him to be, or that I’d expected Him to be. He’s not doing what I thought He’d do or saying what I thought He’d say. And if He’s not doing it my way, it must not be Him.

Instead, God is asking us to know that He’s there because He says that He is. He’s present and perfect. He’s everywhere and in everything. He’s actually as He should be. And so are we. Looking at God is to see who He really is, in all His glory, without comparing Him to the god we’ve created in our minds that’s our own private genie.

Have you ever met someone that is always trying to change others? On first glance, it appears that they like you, but in reality, they’re never satisfied with who you actually are. Maybe they see bits and pieces that appeal to them, or they can really “recognize potential”. They claim to be a friend, but it seems like they can never actually accept the real you? That’s how most of us approach God. It’s easy to look at Him, but it’s difficult to really see Him.

In Jeremiah 29:13, God tells says “You will look for me. And you will find me when you really want to find me (EASY).” Find Him. Not your version of Him. Not an idea of Him. Not even a part of Him. All of Him. I think if most of us are honest with ourselves, it’s not that we’re chasing God because we can’t find Him. We’re chasing the god that we want Him to be. The only way to stop chasing and start really looking at Him is to accept who He is, therefore giving up all the false ideas of control and learning to live from a place of faith. Faith – believing in the things we cannot always see; God’s love, faithfulness, understanding, goodness, and grace.

Write

Can you relate to the idea of looking for God instead of looking at Him? Spend today journaling about your experience of chasing after God, either past or present.

Pray

Share whatever is on your heart and mind this morning with God.

Protein Oatmeal

2 minPrep Time

8 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

Serves 1

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon peanut butter
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup water or unsweetened almond milk

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, bring almond milk, oats, and cinnamon to a boil
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 5 minutes or until liquid is gone
  3. Whisk egg whites and vanilla extract in a bowl and add to oatmeal mixture
  4. Return saucepan to stove and cook over low heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently
  5. Cut banana into slices and put on top of oats and drizzle with peanut butter
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Tips & Tools

When you return the oats to the stove with the egg whites, be sure to use very low heat, or the eggs won’t cook properly with the oats!

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