When you’re trying out a new recipe for the first time, do you ever get apprehensive that it won’t work out?
I certainly do. That’s why I usually stick with one of my mother’s tried-and-true dessert recipes.
I worry that if I bake a dessert I’ve never attempted before, I’m bound to mess it up. I fear that I’ll disappoint the people I serve it to, and tongues will wag.
As I walk by, people will whisper, “There’s that woman who serves fallen soufflés!”
Or, “Isn’t she the one who bakes cookies that are as hard as hockey pucks?”
In the worst-case scenario of my imagination, my baking debacle will be so embarrassing that I’d have to leave town.
With some recipes, however, you really can’t go wrong, even if you’ve never tried them before.
Brownies, for instance.
Do you ever get a bit anxious when faced with something completely new?
Like how to find a new job in an economy that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before? Or how to navigate a world that’s turned upside-down?
Many of us shrink from the prospect of entering uncharted territory.
And we’re not the only ones: even some animals balk when confronted with something unfamiliar.
Cows are notorious for disliking disruptions to their routines and environments. They’re particularly averse to new gates. Cows are made so nervous by new entrances and openings that they’ll stubbornly resist going through them.
This trait is so well known that it’s given rise to the phrase, “like a cow looking at a new gate.” It means to view something with bewilderment and confusion, as though to say, “Are you serious? I’m not going through that.”
Do you feel this way when faced with the uncertainties that the new year may bring? Is fear of the unknown keeping you from stepping forward in faith to realize your dreams?
Fear has a way of paralyzing us, so that we stay stuck where we are instead of trying something new.
But we needn’t be afraid.
God will go through the gate ahead of us.