Cauliflower Prayers

Romanesco Cauliflower

Romanesco Cauliflower

“It looks like something out of the sea,” my husband picked up the vegetable displayed on the farmer’s stand. I had seen romanesco cauliflower only once before when my daughter brought one home from Mom’s Market. “Yeah, like coral.” The green spiral cone shapes of the romanesco cauliflower make it beautiful to look at as well as eat.

Even though my cauliflower mash recipe completely smashes out the fractal beauty of the vegetable, at least it keeps its pretty Chartreuse color. It’s delicious. In fact, I think it will be on my Thanksgiving Day table. Here’s how you cook it: cut off a whole head of cauliflower buds. Throw away the core center. Dump the buds in a steamer with sliced onions or shallots and cook till soft. (Use your own judgement on how much onion or shallots you want–I put in just one shallot bulb.) Mash it up with a potato masher and some roasted garlic cloves (I added about four cloves), about an 1/8th cup of cashew butter, and 1/4 C coconut manna. That simple and incredibly delicious.

Cauliflower is a pretty bland vegetable but boy can it fight. It is a powerhouse of vitamins, fiber, and phytochemicals. Sometimes our prayers for others can seem pretty bland, too. Not every prayer is a spirit-filled literary masterpiece but  they sure do have a lot of power. Praying for people is a good way of loving them from afar. Many times people’s names just pop into my thoughts while I am praying, and later on I find that the impulse to pray for that person was a timely one. So many times this has happened to me, that if I think of someone who I haven’t thought of for a long time, I take it as clue to pray for them. I think many of the people I have known throughout my life will be surprised in heaven when they find out how often I have prayed for them. In my own opinion, I think that God knows who has feelings of true love for whom, and that He uses the powerful love we feel for those special people in our lives to bring blessings to them. In this way we can truly say, no love is lost.

I have a friend who was actually awakened from her sleep with the urge to pray for her son! The next morning she got news of his perilous situation and that he had thankfully, survived it. We don’t have to say a lot of words, or even any words. All we have to do is lift the person up to God, thanking Christ for His amazing love and for that love to surround him/her. How great and grand is our glorious God who counts the prayers of people like us worthy to be received by Him. We are honored and privileged above all to be included in His loving blessings to other people. Nothing makes me feel more like a child of God than to hear that my bland cauliflower prayers have been received and answered by the almighty God. God takes our simple prayers and adds the beauty and flavors of His blessings to pour out upon those for whom we have prayed.

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. — James 5:16(b)

Trusting Food and God

Did you ever get on the scale and find some unaccounted for, extra pounds? Where did the extra weight come from? Or have you eaten sparingly for a few days without any indication from the scale? Trying to lose a few pounds or stay at a steady weight can be baffling.

Weight gains from a heavy day of eating can be delayed and show up a few days later. We get by the first day but the next day we don’t even notice that we are eating more. Our bodies quickly adjust to the added calories. A few days of this and wham, reality hits the scale with an extra five pounds.

Returning to a healthful diet can take some time before we see a reduction in our body weight.  Replacing meals of animal meats and fried vegetables like french fries with beans, greens, and steamed vegetables creates a lot more fiber that can build up for a few days before we see any weight loss. This takes patience. It takes trusting in healthy food again.

It is also good to remember that just as our bodies will quickly adjust to added calories, we also quickly adjust to fewer calories. As we replace high calorie, low nutrient food with high nutrient, low-calorie food for a few days, we may feel uncomfortably full. This is because we can fill our stomach with high nutrient foods like beans and greens, vegetables and fruits and still have eaten only a fraction as many calories than if we had filled our stomachs with animal fats and oils. Meats, chicken and oils are very dense low nutrient foods and are much healthier for us if eaten sparingly. Meanwhile, the lighter foods like kale, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli and the myriad of other vegetables, should be eaten in much greater quantities as the main dish of every meal.

Doing good works and extending kindness can be just as baffling when the response we get is not what we expected, or we get it “too little; too late”. People can fail us. Our spouses, our children, and our friends can sometimes seem cold and indifferent when we extend kindness and good deeds towards them.  Life can become disheartening and unfair. It can make us angry, cynical or prideful.

Thank God for Jesus Christ who died that we might be forgiven by God for our constant fickleness. Jesus did much for us but what did we do for him? For all his kindness and good works, we hung him on a cross, scorned him, and mocked him. Luckily, he did not put his faith in men but in God, and so should we. If we dedicate our good works to Him, He is faithful, and He will make all things work for the good of those who love Him regardless of the actions of others. Simple acts of kindness done in God’s name are never fruitless.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.–Matthew 6:21