I was over at a friend's house yesterday and he was heating some apple cider in the microwave. I noticed that he did not use a cup, but a large plastic container with a thin layer of cider at the bottom. He commented that he had heard this method provided better heat distribution and therefore, heated the food faster. I cannot verify or deny this theory for microwaves, but I know it is true of cooking in general. Thin slabs of cookie dough will cook faster than thick mounds. Thick steaks take longer on the barbeque than thin ones. The more surface area one presents to the heat and the less dense the food is, the more efficient the change from raw to cooked, from cold to hot.
This concept started me thinking and strangely enough, the picture that came into my mind was that of someone lying prostrate on the floor in prayer, making themselves thin and spread out, not all bunched up and rigid. The more areas of my life I present to God and make available to him, the more I will be changed. The less dense and rigid I am, the quicker I can respond to the Spirit. The more of my life I get on the surface, the more his hot love can transform it.
Let me get down low, flat, humble. Let me present a large surface area for God to interact with me. Let me say yes to his blazing fire of tranforming love.
the photo: a latte at a local cafe.