How can I work a story about making pumpkin pie and building a temple have in common? Let’s look at the Book of Ezra for a clue. Seven months of planning and getting supplies together, manpower, and crew leaders preceded the beginning the Second Temple. They wanted it done perfectly.
This morning before heading to my outdoor office to write, I hurriedly whipped up a pumpkin pie. But before pouring the liquid mess into pie plates, something made me stop and review the ingredients I had added. The first item on the recipe is sugar. “Oh, my! I left out the sugar!” That revelation took me back many years when I served pumpkin pie at a Thanksgiving family dinner. My brother Dean took a big bite of the pie, looked at me, and said, “Sorry, Sis, something is missing.” Sugar. I had missed the first and an important ingredient! The pie was salvaged by burying it in a huge mound of whipped cream.
The Second Temple faced problems during construction, not by failing to prepare for the project, but by interference from Samaria. It took twenty-three years to complete.
No matter how big or small a project–building a temple or baking a pumpkin pie, it takes good preparation to get the job done right.
Lord, help us prepare carefully for all our projects in life. Amen.