Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ulu Knife

This is very similar to the ulu knife we picked up in Alaska.  Ours does have the map and “Alaska” on the blade, and the same plastic handle. I like them so well I've given as a gift.

Why am I showing it to you?  Well, first to tell you how well this shape works when finely chopping.  There are cutting boards available with that same shape, in a circle, that keeps what is being chopped confined to your work surface.  I use mine on a flat surface when I’m cutting onions, carrots, celery for soups and sauces, more than anything else.  It’s also good for slicing meat for stir-fry.  An all around handy gadget.

As with ceramic knives, this one has an extremely sharp edge, and it travels through the veggies very smoothly as you rock back and forth, slicing ever closer to your fingers. Sunday night, I rocked once too far and I felt the blade on my finger tip. I can’t describe the adrenaline rush.  It was too closely followed by a panicked search for blood.  Instead, I found a surface nick on my middle finger’s nail bed that had to be filed down.

After a prayer of thanks, and a promise to take better care, I thought of how quickly things go from good to bad.

That can happen in our daily lives, only the item in danger could be a soul.  That’s a bit hard for me to say, too, for I believe in the Baptist doctrine of “once saved, always saved.”  This doctrine teaches that a person who believes that Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ, that God provided, and accepts the gift of life God offers, that person is eternally saved.  Their soul was given to God:

Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. (2 Timothy 1:11-12 KJV)

He is the one able to keep, not me.

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, (Jude 1:24 KJV)

Nope – I’m really not concerned about my soul.  I am concerned about my witness to others,  and the impact on their soul.  I don’t want that to go from “bad to good” at all.

Not that I’m good, mind you.  I’ve been an example of how not to live a Christian life, and I don’t want to be such an example ever again. No one is good enough. As Jude wrote, God is the only one one able to present us faultless before the presence of His glory – and for me that is great joy!  I know He is able to keep and to present me faultless, and you, too, when we pay attention and follow His instructions.

1 comment:

  1. I appreciated this post for many reasons - including my prized ulu knife.

    You wrote, "I am concerned about my witness to others, and the impact on their soul." This brings to my mind something I often think about.

    A good friend and well-known theologian once commented to me while we were at lunch, "Bob, never forget that while we cannot change God's character we can sure damage His reputation."

    God bless you, your ministry, and your husband.

    - Bob


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