Lumpy Malt-O-Meal and the real best

cookingI crave lumpy Malt-O-Meal.  It is a severe character flaw I blame totally on my father.

Growing up, Dad made Saturday morning breakfast for me and him.  He usually made Malt-O-Meal.  I never knew Malt-O-Meal was not supposed to have lumps in it until my mom made it one morning.

“You made it wrong,” I informed her (critically).  “There are no lumps.”

Ever after, whenever I was sick and Dad was at work, Mom would try, very hard, to make lumpy Malt-O-Meal for me.  I am sad to say she never learned how.  She thought the trick was to not stir the Malt-O-Meal going into the microwave, but apparently there was way more culinary skill to it than that.  The secret of lumpy Malt-O-Meal stays with my father because, even today, I cannot make it.  And I don’t know any cooking school that would teach me how to do it.

Sometimes I believe something is the best just because it’s the most familiar.

But that doesn’t mean it’s the true best.

An unlikely woman gave up belief in what she had believed her whole life was best . . . so she could receive the true best.

So [Jesus] came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.

A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”

The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.”

Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” (John 4:5-15, NASB)


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