We can unleash the creative power in us, rain or shine, in good or bad weather. A simple illustration of creativity in action even in the midst of storm. Read and get something from this blog.
While the strong winds was raging outside creating a truck-like sounds, Laiza woke up concerned not of the bad weather but of her stomach that was murmuring stronger than the tempest going on outside. She was starving and no one could stop her from ransacking the refrigerator on that stormy night. But her craving for food subsided after finding out that the fridge was almost empty. Just a piece of red bell pepper, few pieces of radish and some spices were inside. She tried to check what’s in the fridge’s upper door but dismayed upon seeing about less than half a kilo beef teriyaki, the only frozen meat left in the freezer. It’s supposed to be her mom’s shopping schedule but the cyclone caught them unprepared and maybe her mom really intended to disposed off some frozen food with the assumption of the electric power shutting down. Disappointed, she decided to go back to her room and just tried to pacify her hunger by sleeping. Lying on her bed restlessly suddenly she smells something, somebody’s cooking and that made her starved the more. Maybe it’s the neighbor, she thought. “ Oh it smells delicious, how I wish I could have some. If we only have something available to cook like that.”, she sighed and said to herself. She just swallowed, clutched her pillow to cover her head and after few hours of struggle, finally fell asleep.
It was already 7:00 in the morning when she woke up. The wind outside was still messing up everything, as she peeped through her window she saw some galvanized iron roofing flying like a paper, trees were being uprooted and few stronger, big ones’ branches were broken. She thanked God that their house was unshakeable in the midst of the storm. She went downstairs and found her dad, mom and younger sister Yammy having breakfast together. “ Good morning, Laiza, come and try your sister’s new recipe. She cooked this last night. We tried to wake you up but it seems you had a very goodnight sleep despite the storm.” said her Dad with a wide smile. “Oh, is this the one I smelled last night? Did you go out to buy something to cook?” she asked looking at Yammy. “ No, I would not dare going out to challenge the very strong winds outside. I just cooked what’s available in the refrigerator and tried to make a recipe out of it. Come, try and eat.” said Yammy motioning to her to be seated. She sat beside Yammy and scooped a spoonful from the plate, tasted it and it was very good. She couldn’t figure out what was that feeling inside of her, was it guilt or shame? Maybe both, she thought. Guilt for not making way to resolve her family’s need for dinner and for letting herself suffer of starvation the whole night. Shame for not trying to be creative and resourceful, like her younger sister.
Like Laiza, sometimes we tend to look for something that we don’t have instead of opening our eyes to utilize what is already at hand. In life’s application this is true because most of the time we fail to see the value of the things that we possess, the family, friends, work and bosses that we have. We would only realized their significant meaning in our lives when they’re already gone.
Spiritually, we can also pick up a lesson from this. When we are blinded to see the good things God bestowed on us, our eyes tend to look for a greener pasture, for something “better” that other people have, thus unconsciously we are developing a covetous heart. The Lord Jesus gives us a warning concerning covetousness in Luke 12:15 which implies the subtlety of its hold on us. We’re commanded to put it to death (Col. 3:5). Covetousness is the cause of many spiritual and personal conflicts, for it greatly affects one’s character in a negative way. It’s associated with pride, conceit, unfruitfulness, insensitivity to the needs of others, missing God’s best for our lives and failing to enter into the Kingdom of God.
On Laiza’s case, her clear perception was covered with her expectations. She perceived the refrigerator as “almost empty”. She failed to look for the value of what is at hand. Probably because her mind was busy “looking” for sausages, ham, bacon, chicken, pizza, burgers that fills their refrigerator during normal weather. On the other hand, Yammy’s eyes saw that what they had in the fridge could be created into a delicious meal. Her mind was already working on how she could utilize those available stuffs to create something good from the “ordinary”.
Here’s what she got from the refrigerator: Garlic, onion, bell pepper, butter, 3 pcs. radish, beef teriyaki. From the shelf she found black pepper, oyster sauce, soy sauce, corn starch, sesame oil and canned mushroom.
Yammy marinated the beef teriyaki to soy sauce for at least 15 minutes. She minced the garlic, chopped the onion, grated the raddish lengthwise (did not slice), sliced the red bell pepper lengthwise, sliced the mushrooms lengthwise too. She dissolved the 1 tbsp. cornstarch in 1/2 cup water.
She sauted the beef teriyaki with half a spoon butter, garlic and onion. When the meat is tender, she put the grated radish and mushroom. She added oyster sauce and 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil, and black pepper to taste. ( You can add more soy sauce or oyster sauce depends on your preference ) She then added the bell pepper have it half-cooked. Finally she added the cornstarch until the sauce turned a little bit gravy-like.
You can also try Yammy’s recipe that she cooked on that stormy night, I already did. But since I didn’t have beef teriyaki while cyclone Gita was at the height of its attack in American Samoa, I just used my left over ham, sliced it into cubes and lo! I also got another version of Yammy’s recipe and my daughter and her family liked it too! Try it. You may be able to make a different version, maybe a better one that you can also share with us.
At least, you’ve got something from this blog. It’s your choice which one would you get for application and practice. One important lesson I would like to impart to the readers is for us to value whatever we do have, everything that we have. Always try to find something good out of abase things that are around and available, they have usage somehow. Life is short so let us cherish every blessings we receive, not just for our own benefits and enjoyment but to share it with others too. Whatever we do for ourselves will all be gone when we die but whatever good things we do for others will remain. Believe me, that’s where you can find true and genuine joy in this life. Another important lesson we can pick here is we have to be creative in all areas of our life, not just in arts, crafts, cooking but also in life. In any weather, in every season let us “creatify”.