Our Daily Bread
By Elaine Fraser
By Elaine Fraser
It struck me that bread is a repository for toppings. On its own, bread can be delicious, however, it’s best when paired with something yummy. Dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar, spread with creamy butter or runny with melted cheese, bread is a wholesome, satisfying meal.
As I bit into my toast that morning and savoured the melted butter and salty vegemite, the words, but seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well, got into my consciousness.
I went into my study to begin a day of writing and these streams of thought came with me. I contemplated the various files on my desk which held my current projects- an article about an Australian actress working in New York; a blog post plan for 2014, edits for a young adult novel and another one just begun.
What did I base my writing on? What is the equivalent of my daily bread in my work? Is the bread coming up with the big idea or concept? Is it the skill I bring to the task?
The ‘bread’ of my writing, the base on which I pile everything else is the calling and purpose I bring to it, along with the drive that comes from the way God has wired me. I can’t help but write. This is my passion and calling.
When working as a teacher and principal any written tasks were completed quickly, and on time. Writing reports, programmes, budget proposals and so on were the tasks I completed first as this is my natural strength.
The bread I choose to eat is dense and earthy, baked with the best ingredients. I aim to put the best ingredients into my writing as well. The yeast that makes the bread rise, is like the inspiration, hard work and skill I bring to my work. Whole grains make the bread robust and full of flavour, just as the manipulation of language and the spiritual insight I’m given as I weave lessons of God’s goodness into the narrative.
The final product, ready to be consumed (or read) tastes better because of the quality of the ingredients. The topping is what the reader brings to the table. Their experiences, need for entertainment or inspiration, an escape from the day-to-day and their spiritual needs are added to the mix.
There is always the hope that as I write that the reader will taste and see that the LORD is good.
On the down days when I don’t feel like writing, feel like a failure and want to give up, I seek God first. I feed on his word and listen to his voice and bring the best I can to my work. The rest will be added by Him. After all, He is the bread of life.
Author of Beautiful and Too Beautiful