My husband is awesome because he loves making campfires. He’s awesome for a lot of reasons, but every once in awhile, my daughter will ask in her not so sneaky way, “Hey Daddy, how about… we have a little campfire tonight?”
And if it’s a weekend, and my husband doesn’t have to work the next day, and if the girls have been listening well to Daddy and Mommy, and if it’s not raining, and if it’s not too late, we will have a little campfire, and we have a blast.
One night after we put the girls to bed, the fire was still dying down, and my husband and I sat outside talking.
As I was roasting a marshmallow slowly to perfection, I thought about how it can really take awhile to get the marshmallow just right.
You can’t rush this process of roasting a marshmallow. You have to wait and it takes patience and endurance.
I thought about how you have to keep the marshmallow close to the flame, but not so close that it burns it to a crisp – unless you’re one of those people who loves burnt-to-a-crisp marshmallows.
And it occurred to me that this process of roasting a marshmallow bore a striking resemblance to the process of becoming holy.
In order for us to reach a higher level of sanctity, we must slowly work at being perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect. It can take awhile for us to come out just right.
You can’t rush this process of achieving sanctity. You have to wait and it takes patience and endurance.
You have to stay close to the flames of Divine Mercy. You have to stay close to God. But at the same time, we are not ready to see God in His full glory yet. God is not ready to fully reveal Himself to us just yet.
Eventually my marshmallow was just about perfect. I’ll admit I didn’t wait until it was golden brown, and my husband questioned whether I had waited long enough. But my s’more was wonderful, nonetheless.
I hope I can be a little more patient with myself as I work to become more like Christ. While I know I won’t be able to really be perfect in this life, I will keep striving for it so that I can continue to be the best I can be.
Jesus doesn’t want us to settle.
I hope that I won’t settle for anything less than what Jesus has asked of each of us: “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Let’s just remember: perfectly roasted marshmallows must stay close to the flame.
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