I was at my mother-in-law’s house a while ago discussing her egg rolls. I adore my mother-in-law and I absolutely enjoy her egg rolls. I am so thankful and blessed to have my mother-in-law and I smile whenever I think about her. There also is no argument that her egg rolls are the best. There are none that even can compare. Believe me, we’ve looked! Many have tried to duplicate them, including myself and my husband. We even have her recipe. They still never taste as good as her egg rolls.
When talking about this with her, she revealed the secret that sets her egg rolls apart. Her secret is to squeeze out ever last drop of water. She revealed that the ingredients inside must be so dry that it’s almost like the cabbage is dehydrated. Due to the ingredients being so dry, it leaves room for them to absorb the flavor they are cooked in when fried. Many people give up too quickly in getting all the water out. Yes, that would be my problem. Some people add flour and insist this dries up the remaining water, but according to her, that method is lazy and makes it taste different.
She suggested that if I can’t squeeze every last drop of water out of my ingredients, that I take the mixture, stick it in a bag, put it under a heavy rock and let the sun dry everything out. While I chuckled to myself when she said that, several days, even months, later I am still thinking about her strange-to-me suggestion. This conversation with her came to mind as I was meditating on what the path of anointing looks like.
To be anointed by God means to be crushed, broken, squeezed through the oil press for Him. He wants to squeeze every last drop of self-sufficiency, pride, personal ambition, and stubbornness out of us. It’s in the breaking, the weakness that He can shine through and use us best. Sure, there are ways to fake the anointing of God or add a little bit of flour to coat the process, but in the end, it won’t taste the same. It won’t be as pure and real and many will see through the coating and extra added ingredients.
To truly go through the anointing process with God, we have to be willing to be hidden away for a time. Let God bag you up and hide you until you are ready. Let Him place a heavy rock on top of you while you soak up the Son. What are we to do during this process? Sit there. Rest. Submit. Let Him do the work. God, the Rock of our Salvation, is still covering us. It might hurt a little – all that pressing, squeezing, drying up our pride; it always does.
But when we are ready, complete, and perfect, we will be something that the world needs. We will be the salt of the earth, full of flavor, undeniably the best thing the world has ever tasted. This is because we will be full of Jesus. There is nothing sweeter and more fulfilling than Him. For all the discomfort, we can be thankful because His flavor will shine through the more we are full of His oil.