Breakfast Stuffed Mushrooms

Growth Through Challenges Continued & Breakfast Stuffed Mushrooms

Mark 4:31-32 (nirv)

God’s kingdom is like a mustard seed, which is smaller than any other seed on earth that you can plant. But when you plant it, it grows and becomes the largest of all the plants in your garden. It has branches that are very big. The wild birds can come and make nests there and be protected from the sun.

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Yesterday, we started talking about the process of growth, and how it can be challenging, to say the least. We’ve been looking at different parables and stories that Jesus told to help us set our expectations for these challenges. Today, we’re looking at 2 more of passages, starting with Mark 4:31-32.

By comparing God’s kingdom to a mustard seed, He’s making it clear what we can expect; it starts our small, almost microscopic, and by the end, it grows to be huge. But it doesn’t happen overnight. Furthermore, how many people do you think walk on the ground where a mustard seed is planted before it begins to sprout, without even knowing it’s there? How long does it take before the mustard seed is more than just a small plant? At what point does it become the largest plant in the garden? When will the tiny seed finally get to serve as a protector for the creatures that God’s created?

We don’t know, because we can’t see the process happening. But God can, and He does. He knows the exact point that we’re on in our journey, and He’s taking us the entire way. A mustard seed doesn’t worry about how far it’s come and how much more it has to grow, it simply continues on its path. That’s what God has planned for us, too. And sometimes, it helps to look down at the ground, and see just how much you’ve grown so far. It’s a reminder that God’s brought you this far, and your He’ll continue to help you grow and mature.

The last passage we’re going to look at is Luke 13:6-8: Jesus told this story: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard. He came looking for some fruit on the tree, but he found none. So the man said to his servant who took care of his vineyard, ‘I have been looking for fruit on this tree for three years, but I never find any. Cut it down! Why should it waste the ground?’ But the servant answered, ‘Master, let the tree have one more year to produce fruit. Let me dig up the dirt around it and put on some fertilizer (ICB).

I’ve already mentioned this passage in a devotional earlier this year, but since we’re on the topic of growth, I thought it needed to be brought up again here. It’s so important to clearly read the words in verse 8, “…dig up the dirt around it”. Again, Jesus is setting the scene for us to gain some insight into what the growth process with Him will be like. “Dig up” is such a descriptive phrase, isn’t it? Those are feeling words; I can almost feel discomfort when I hear that phrase.

When we turn our lives over to Jesus, He begins the process of changing us from trees that don’t produce fruit, to healthy, thriving trees. That means that things in and around us are being changed, intentionally. When we look at it from the perspective of this parable, we can see that the current situation wasn’t working for the tree. It wasn’t healthy, it wasn’t growing. So of course, the circumstances needed to change. The same goes for us. Before Jesus, our situations don’t work. So it only makes sense that when the Gardener comes in, He has to change some things to make a change. And that process kind of sucks. But in the end, it takes the tree, and us, to a healthier place.

Change is uncomfortable, and it’s certainly something that I think most of us wish was an easier process. But through the words of Jesus, we know that this is how it’s supposed to be, and that offers us hope. We also know that He’s not unprepared to handle these challenges in our lives, He’s always known that it would be this way. When we work to line up our expectations with His Words, we’ll be more prepared for the process and less likely to fall victim to doubt and disbelief.

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How are you going to change the way you see the struggle of growth moving forward? Which passage from the last 2 days made the biggest impact on your perspective?

Pray

For complete trust in God’s process of growth in your life.

Breakfast Stuffed Mushrooms

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

Serves 1 • 2 Stuffed Mushroom Caps

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Ingredients

  • 2 portobello mushroom caps
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 strip bacon
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook bacon in a skillet
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  3. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil
  4. Using a spoon, scrape out the inside of each mushroom cap
  5. Brush olive oil on each cap and place in the oven
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, turning over at 7 minutes
  7. Chop bacon into small piece and scramble in a bowl with eggs and seasonings
  8. Pour egg mixture evenly into each mushroom cap and return to oven for 10 minutes
  9. Sprinkle cheese on top of mushrooms and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until egg is cooked through
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The nutrition info is calculated using Hormel Black Label Lower Sodium Bacon.

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