There is something remarkable about chicken soup when you are not feeling well.
Of all the natural remedies for fighting a head cold, a hearty bowl of chicken soup has to be the hands-down winner. So held is the belief in the power of chicken soup, scientists have actually taken it into the lab for testing.
One such study, concluded that it was the anti-inflammatory properties of many of chicken soup’s ingredients that helped ease the symptoms of a cold by reducing congestion. At the very least for those suffering from a cold, soups provide hydration and nutritious ingredients that are easy to digest. Chicken soup, however, has an added benefit. Chicken protein provides an ample source of cysteine – an amino acid chemically similar to a drug known as acetylcysteine, which can clear all that yucky cold stuff.
Today I was blessed with a pot of delicious chicken soup, which was delivered to our door by a lovely friend. They no doubt are busy with their own life, but still took the time to make me soup.
Making a pot of chicken soup may not have seemed like a very “big thing” to do for my friend. It may not have fallen into her category of doing “great exploits” for God, or even something supernatural. However knowing my friend, she would have prayed over that chicken soup as she prepared it, and her words of love as she handed the still warm pot over at the front door were indeed supernatural.
The thing we need to remember is that Jesus always asks us to encompass all we do in love. Without love, and the practical outworking of love we can end up being just “noisy gongs”.
For, “it’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”― Mother Teresa
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
Sometimes we can underestimate the impact a simple act of kindness can make. But Jesus doesn’t. If He can trust us to love and care in the seemingly everyday things like a pot of chicken soup, He will also be able to trust us with the dynamic supernatural demonstrations of His power that many of us long to see more of.
So next time you are wanting to see God move spectacularly and in great power; pray, and look to see where you can love and bless someone with what you have to give right now.
That may very well be praying for someone, and seeing them wonderfully healed or set free. But you might also be surprised at the power contained in that “prayerfully” made pot of chicken soup!
Prayer: Lord help me to see the supernatural in the everyday things. That when I take what I have and offer it to you, you promise you will take my offering and turn it into something powerful for good. Help me to not underestimate what you can do through me. In Jesus name Amen.