Today is Groundhog Day. Which to most people means nothing really. So what. Puxatawny Phil ‘enlightened’ us with his prediction that we will have an extended winter. Great. Yeah, whatever. For some people, the Bill Murray movie ‘Groundhog Day’ comes to mind. If you were lost in some time chasm and never saw it–you should. It has very a good message behind the hyjinks. [spoiler alert] The basic plot of the movie is that Bill Murray’s character must repeat February 2nd over and over and again until he is thankful and his character has been refined. He tries to give up many times, but finds that giving up is just not an option.
In real life, we too must be refined, although repeating the same day with exact events is quite rare 🙂 Sometimes it’s hard not to wish you could have a ‘do-over’ [remember those?].
The Refiner‘s Fire
Have you heard the story of the Refiner’s Fire? We did a while back. The story is an example of how the Lord works with us, and how valuable we are to him. There are many verses in the bible that refer to this process, but the most well known is Zechariah 13:9. Anyway, the story goes like this-
The story is told about a man who was puzzled when he read about the refiner’s fire in his bible. He wondered what God meant by it, as he had no awareness of the process. Time went on, and one day, he met a silversmith. So the man asked the silversmith what the refiner’s fire was. He was invited to come and watch the process if he wanted a better understanding. The man accepted, and went to the workshop. The silversmith held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities. The silversmith told the man that he had to sit paying close attention at all times. In fact, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed. The man thought carefully about this and the scriptures he had read. Then he asked the silversmith, “How do you know when the silver is fully refined?” “Oh, that’s easy — when I see my image in it.”
(Original source unknown. If you know the original source, I will gladly add the credit!
Get Off The Roller Coaster!
When you are experiencing what feels like never-ending repetition with specific issues, there is a reason. Seek God and He will help you find the root cause, as well as show you how to get out of that rut. You do not have to relive your Groundhog Day. It may be hard, and it may hurt, but in the end, you will be free. And you will be victorious. For me, I’m still in the battle, and some things are a constant struggle. Someone once commented that they couldn’t find a job- it’s not what someone knows, it’s who they know that gets them hired. Guess what? They’re RIGHT. If you trust in the ONE you KNOW, HE will provide that need.
Now, I know you came to visit because the title intriqued you. Am I really making Roasted Groundhog? Well, kind of. You see, I don’t know about you, but I am claiming 2012 to be a groundbreaking year of personal growth –refining– and today I decided that the first thing on my list is to rid myself of the habits that cause me to live in my own personal ‘Groundhog Day’. You, the reader, get to be my accountability partner to make sure that by this time next year, we can both see changes in me. Of course, you are welcome to do this with me!
Roasted Groundhog Recipe
Okay. I know, that’s misleading, but it really does have relevance. Today, I am deciding to put away the old, and put on the new. And sorry, but as much as I love the movie, the “groundhog” in my life must be destroyed. 😐 There is no way around it. So, I am having myself a roasting party, and taking this groundhog down. The recipe is simply this-
- 1 groundhog per stumbling habit [to change]
- 1 small onion per groundhog-diced [to add desire to change-when you smell onions sauteing, don’t you just feel hungry? Or, is that just me?]
- 1 large sprig rosemary per groundhog- stem removed, leaves crushed slightly [to add fragrance and joy to the process]
- 1 TB olive oil per groundhog, separated [to add persevering strength during roasting]
- 1 large russet potato per groundhog- diced 1″ thick [to add richness to the final dish- despite the title claiming they are peasant potatoes see Matthew 20:16 for details]
Prepare your ‘groundhog’ by asking the Lord to identify it, and remove all excuses. Pray He will guide you through the process in peace, mercy, and love. Preheat your oven to ‘sacrifice’. Using 1 teaspoon olive oil per groundhog, saute your onion until it is caramelized. Toss potatoes in a separate bowl with remaining olive oil. Add the potatoes to the onions for 2-3 minutes until they show a good color. Place at bottom of roasting pan, and sprinkle your rosemary leaves to the cover potatoes. Lay your grounghogs on top of the potatoes, and place into oven. Walk away. Don’t look back or return-EVER. Just go. Leave the results to the Lord.
Disclaimer: This is not a real recipe, it is not intended to be taken literally. Please do not go out and actually kill a groundhog, or walk away from your oven while you have food in it. I am not and can not be responsible for your choice to harm an animal, possibly break a law in hunting without permits, or burning your house down, etc. You must use common sense in these matters. If you lack common sense, please throw the recipe you just printed out away. The ingredients are currently out of stock. You will be contacted by phone when all the ingredients have been delivered. Don’t worry. We have your number.