Coriander leaves, otherwise known as cilantro or Chinese parsley, is loved by some, hated by others. Not all seem to acquire the taste. When bunches of tender green coriander leaves with its unique powerful aroma are missing on the supermarket shelves, I feel so sad – especially when I have planned a menu for others to enjoy and savour. Cilantro is an ingredient I enjoy using – from tossing into a salad, including it in curries, flavouring rice and also for garnishing for that final touch! Apparently these leaves contain antioxidants which can delay or prevent the spoilage of food. It has other medicinal uses and health effects too.
Having this versatile ingredient freshly available whenever I want to is a delight! Yes, for this purpose I try to ensure that I have the plants in my garden. However, when the first three leaves sprout out, it sooooo doesn’t seem like a coriander plant. It could in fact, be mistaken for a weed. I wait till the fourth leaf appears because when it does, it seems to shout out to quench my doubt, “This is indeed coriander!” The plant is then easily identified and I’m relaxed. If I had impatiently plucked the plants out mistaking it for weeds, I wouldn’t be able to take advantage of the fruit of my ‘labour’ – its multiple benefits.
We do tend to look at circumstances and make decisions. Too often we mistake them to be ‘closed’ doors and move away from it or worse, weed them out of our lives. We (especially us women) tend to jump to conclusions in a hurry. As a result, we may miss out on the fruit that is waiting for us!
Upon seeing the ornamented robe dipped in blood, Jacob assumed that Joseph had been devoured by a ferocious animal. He mourned for his son for many days without realising what truly had taken place (Genesis 37:31-34). Joshua and Caleb weren’t fooled by the Nephilim unlike the fellow spies who responded in fear “We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes”. In fact Joshua and Caleb told the people, “Do not rebel against the LORD… Their protection is gone, but the LORD is with us. Do not be afraid of them” (Numbers 13:27- 14:9). The LORD said that Caleb and his descendants will be given the Promised Land “because he followed the LORD wholeheartedly” (Deuteronomy 1:36).
People hurled insults at Jesus when He was on the cross… they mocked Him… “Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” They thought it was the end…. they looked at circumstances. However, after the ninth hour when Jesus gave up His Spirit, the earth shook, rocks split and holy people who had died, appeared to many people. Many couldn’t help but say, “Surely He was the Son of God!” (Matthew 27:33-54).
Peter walked on water as long as his eyes were fixed on Jesus. The moment he shifted his focus to the winds around him which were there all along, he started to drown (Matthew 14:28-31). Jesus rebuked him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” The Jericho Wall collapsing, the Red Sea parting… from the Old Testament to the New, The Bible is full of stories like these. Just imagine if these people had made decisions on what they saw and if they had given up and turned away!!
We can doubt and fail…
or we can trust God wholeheartedly and have faith –
which will result in us enjoying His perfect & pleasing will for our lives
while fulfilling His Divine plan!