It’s probably helpful to note that I am NOT the best when it comes to making bread dough. In fact, it is STILL a learning process for me. I attempted a few times last year and just gave up because I didn’t want to waste more flour and supplies. This year I decided to make some flatbread again, as it was easier, very crispy and yummy!
Needless to say, I recently watched a video on gluten and the question posed related to if gluten-free diets actually were causing people to gain weight. Really interesting video! You can watch here if you would like. In the video, I learned that gluten comes from wheat, and it is what helps bread dough become really stretchy. This process happens through kneading the dough.
Kneading dough is not something I am really good at. Dough can be affected by the environment, like how humid your area is. This relates to the amount of time required for kneading. Now, I know there are tools people can use to knead dough instead of by hand, but I prefer learning hands-on. Depending on how well a person is kneading can increase or decrease the time they knead the dough.
I’m not going to share how long it took me. I’m just… moving on.
In the past, I see how my dough was not as elastic as it should be. In fact, even now, it’s probably not as elastic as it needs to be. However, I FINALLY saw a difference in my dough. It was stretching when pulled apart, and that means the gluten (which is kinda like gum for dough) was doing what it needed to do. I know it’s just dough, BUT I WAS SO EXCITED!
Which leads me to why I am writing this post.
It’s kinda hard not for me to see refinement in the process of kneading dough. You have to knead the dough continuously and be patient. The environment can affect the dough. You are looking for specific changes that tell you when the dough is ready to rise and then be prepped for the oven. I’ve noticed after mixing ingredients and starting to get the dough to form a ball shape it starts out crumbly, then it begins to form, then it’s denser and heavy, but after a while of kneading… it becomes smoother and easier to knead.
(NIV) 1 Thessalonians 5:23, “May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Those who have accepted Jesus and have taken up their cross for Him, this means they walk with Him DAILY, their walk with Christ is similar to dough “refinement”. Those who have true salvation, and are working towards salvation, a process of sanctification is taking place. God, like a tree bearing fruit, will prune us.
We surrender sins and repent from these sins, meaning we give it up completely, to glorify God! As we grow, the Holy Spirit will continue to show us what we need to give up for Jesus. There are particular idols people struggle with, time management, distractions, etc, and those may not be sins for everyone. HOWEVER, there are many things in this world that are just plain wicked, they do not give glory to God, this isn’t debatable! The closer we seek Jesus and dig deeper into His word and presence He reveals these truths to us. Scales fall from our eyes, and what we thought was once okay, we realize it’s wicked.
(ESV) 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22, “but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.”
Like bread dough, our environment shapes us. The people who surround us and their influence. The amount of time we are reading God’s word, worshipping, praying, and fellowshipping with like-minded believers. These factors are very crucial. All the while, God is kneading us.
Yet, if we are not in the hands of the Potter, then the Potter cannot shape the clay. He allows us to walk away and reject Jesus. He allows us to desire the flesh over the spirit. Our eyes can be focused on the flesh’s future…not on things eternal.
(NIV) 2 Thessalonians 2:10-11, “and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.”
Being kneaded by the Comforter isn’t easy, refinement never is. But either we are formed in His hands, or we are not. We become smooth and refined, able to endure trials better as we grow, or we remain dense and difficult to work with.
Either way has an eternal consequence.
(NIV) Romans 5:03, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance…”
(NIV) Luke 21:19, “Stand firm, and you will win life.”
Has God ever used food prep as a way to symbolize His truth?
Monthly Scripture- (NKJ) Psalm 85:02, “You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people; You have covered all their sin. Selah.”
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