French Toast Pockets

The Long Way Around & French Toast Pockets

Exodus 13:17-18 (erv)

Pharaoh made the people leave Egypt. God did not let the people take the road leading to the land of the Philistines. That road by the Mediterranean Sea is the shortest way, but God said, “If the people go that way they will have to fight. Then they might change their minds and go back to Egypt.” So God led them another way through the desert by the Red Sea. The Israelites were dressed for war when they left Egypt.

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The benefits of trusting God with our lives and our plans should be obvious, but often times, they’re not. I know that when something, anything, comes in between me and having control over the outcome of things, I typically only see disappointment. It’s difficult for me to recognize that there’s often something greater, even if it means taking the more difficult road to get there.

The same goes for the Israelites. When they escaped from Pharaoh and slavery in Egypt, they had a plan. God promised them that they’d live in the land of milk and honey. And they were excited to get there. But God sees what we can’t; He knows what we don’t. God saw the potential threats to the Israelites on their journey. He knew what would cause them to give up, what would cause them fear and defeat. And He lead them away from it, even though it took much longer – even though it was a more difficult route. God protects us, even from ourselves, if necessary. The Israelites wanted freedom, and that’s what God wanted for them – but He knew where their weaknesses were. So, He protected them from giving up on the plans He had for them by taking them the long way around.

I think it’s easy to question what God is doing sometimes. We assume that we know what should happen; after all, it’s our lives we’re talking about here! But the Bible, the voice of truth, shows us over and over again that God’s plans are far superior to ours. In the midst of the story, they often don’t make sense – to us. But to Him, they’re always exactly as they should be. But the best part about God is that even though He’s certain of His plans for us, He relates to our human experiences because of Jesus and His experience here on earth. When we’re sad or confused, He knows why. When we’re frustrated, He understands.

I used to think of God as a CEO; sitting in His fancy office that overlooks the New York City Skyline, calling out orders for the workers in the mail room and the warehouse; things He had never and will never personally deal with. But that’s simply not true – Jesus came to work the mailroom, He pulled orders from the warehouse, He cleaned the bathrooms at the end of the night. God cares about the every day dealings of the little guy because He was that little guy.

Now, when I find myself taking the long way around, I try to worship instead of complain. My reason for celebration? There’s a plan better than mine and a Creator bigger than me, and He knows my heart better than I even realize.

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What circumstances have you been through recently that have taken a different turn than you planned or expected? Can you look back on that time and reflect on how God might have been protecting you from yourself or something else?

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Spend time in prayer today thanking God for the obstacles and detours He’s placed in your life.

French Toast Pockets

5 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

Serves 1 Slice French Toast

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Ingredients

  • 1 slice thick bread
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped strawberries (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon nutella or nut butter
  • non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Spray a skillet with non-stick cooking spray and heat over medium heat
  2. Scramble egg in a bowl with vanilla extract
  3. Cut slice of bread in half
  4. Cut a pocket into the crust side , creating an envelope-like space
  5. Use a butter knife to spread half of the nut butter into the pocket
  6. Dip the bread into the egg mixture, making sure both sides are completely covered
  7. Place in skillet to cook for 2 minutes on each side, or until browned
  8. Repeat with second half of bread
  9. Serve with strawberries (optional)
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Tips & Tools

Nutrition info is calculated using Almond Butter and does include the strawberries. I’ve found that it’s best to use a nut butter that’s got more liquid in it. Regular peanut butter works, but it will be more difficult to spread into the pocket. Smooth Almond Butter worked really well and was really easy to use.

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