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JESUS and Mash Potatoes

It’s true. I’m a Middle American boy and I love my potatoes! Potatoes were a staple when I was growing up.  Because we grew them and always had plenty, my mom could fix them every night and they would taste different and delightful every time.   I don’t get potatoes as much as I used to or would like to.  I found out one day that they are carbs.  My heart was sad!  But still, every once in a while I long for a taste of home and decide to order a batch of mouthwatering mashed potatoes or scalloped potatoes.  Pure candy! (At least that’s what my kids say and I feel the same.)

My wife bought a bag not long ago and I looked forward to that taste.  She pulled the bag out to prepare them for a scrumptious mashed potato meal and began peeling and cutting.  Ugh…dark spots.  I don’t know what happened to this poor bag of potatoes, but almost every potato in the bag had to be cleaned up, I mean the dark spots had to be cut off.  Most of the time, it’s just a small spot here or there.  Sometimes large sections had to be removed.  I sat in my chair the next morning and began reading about Jesus and His ministry.  I tried to imagine how he felt and what he might be thinking as he spoke to his disciples.   As I read through and imagined what he might be thinking in John 17:20 – 23, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”  I believe JESUS was thinking about a big bowl of sweet, smooth and creamy mash potatoes.  The people in the church are like the potatoes in the bag and each person like the potatoes have their dark spots.  Each individual has his or hers own problems or sins that must be removed.  This is the work for the Holy Spirit.  To remove the dark spots from our lives.  Then the peeling and the cutting into small chunks begins removing the dark useless outer shell revealing our true self to all.  Then the boiling, the heat of testing and purifying of our souls preparing us for the work set before us.  The final step is the blending us together in a smooth, creamy mixture of our individual strengths for the finish work of our LORD.  This mixture like the mash potatoes is a sweet smelling fragrance to our LORD. So, yes I believe when JESUS spoke these words he was thinking about a big bowl of Yukon Gold mash potatoes or maybe HE was thinking about his people and how they must come together as one smooth, creamy mixture of power, this thing we know as LOVE.  Makes me hungry.  How about you?