Sweet Potato Pancakes

God is Committed & Sweet Potato Pancakes

Isaiah 55:10-11 (icb)

Rain and snow fall from the sky. They don’t return without watering the ground. They cause the plants to sprout and grow. And the plants make seeds for the farmer. And from these seeds people have bread to eat. The words I say do the same thing. They will not return to me empty. They make the things happen that I want to happen. They succeed in doing what I send them to do.

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God is committed to our purpose and growth. It doesn’t always feel that way, especially when God’s plans for us are different than the plans we have for ourselves. Sometimes, we feel abandoned by God – like He must have given up fighting for us. I bet Jonah felt forgotten when he was in the belly of the giant fish. We know Job felt deserted when his life started crumbling before his eyes. Even Jesus felt abandoned in His final moments hanging on the Cross (Matthew 27:45).

When nothing is going right, or everything is going wrong, it’s easy to believe the lie that God must have given up on us. Maybe I was beyond repair? Maybe I was too far gone? Maybe God just doesn’t love me the way He says He does?

Fortunately, it’s exactly the opposite. Because God loves us immeasurably, He doesn’t give up on us, doesn’t abandon us, and doesn’t take the easy way out. God created each of us with purpose, and even though we put up every roadblock, and often kick and scream, He’s committed to helping us live out that purpose.

Going back to the story of Jonah; the Lord commanded Jonah to go to a specific city and preach, but Jonah wasn’t into the idea, so he ran away. The Lord could have given up, and used someone else, but He knew that He had created Jonah for that, and that living out that purpose would strengthen Jonah’s character. So, He sent a storm, several sailors that trusted Him, and a giant fish.

During his time in the belly of the fish, Jonah learned to trust God. When the fish spit him out, He followed the Lord’s command to visit the city and preach. Even then, he wasn’t done growing and learning from God. At the end of the book, Jonah learned another valuable lesson about the way that God cares for His people.

If God had given up when Jonah fled from His initial command, he never would have gained all the wisdom that he needed to fulfill his purpose. We don’t know what happened to Jonah after he spent those few days in Ninevah, learning from God, but we can be sure that whatever was next for him, he would need the valuable lessons God taught him through that experience.

God compares His words to the rain and the snow; the days that are filled with rain aren’t always pleasant, but they’re necessary for the growth of our food. Often times, God’s commands and plans seem confusing, and sometimes even painful. But we can be sure that they are purposeful, intentional, and ultimately, an incredible gift to us.

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Can you think of a situation in your life that you’ve felt abandoned by God? Reflect on that time, and try to focus on how God might be using that situation to help you grow.

Pray

For the necessary wisdom and growth to pursue God’s plans and will for your life. 

Sweet Potato Pancakes

15 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

Serves 1•4-5 Pancakes

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Topping
  • 1/4 cup plain or vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Peel sweet potato and boil on the stovetop for 10-12 minutes, or until soft
  2. In a food processor or blender, mix all pancake ingredients
  3. Spray a skillet or griddle with non-stick cooking spray
  4. Spoon batter onto surface and allow to cook 5 minutes, or until the bottom has browned
  5. Flip pancakes and cook for an additional 5 minutes
  6. Topping
  7. Combine all ingredients and mix
  8. Spoon on the top of pancakes
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Tips & Tools

These pancakes are kind of fragile, so you’ll want to avoid moving them around as much as possible. I try to only flip these one time. You’ll also want to flatten the batter down as much as possible when you initially spoon them onto the skillet, because they don’t spread a lot. If you drop them in a clump, you’ll likely end up with an undercooked center.

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