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Friday, 01 May 2020 07:00

Enjoying God in S-T-R-E-T-C-H-Y dough

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Recently as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, I saw a recipe to make stretchy dough. Perhaps it was my pre-Sisters history as a childcare worker that came out, but my immediate response was a desire to make some as soon as possible. The particular recipe I found had two ingredients – cornflour and hair conditioner, so I pulled out a bowl and a few short minutes and green food colour later, I had myself some stretchy dough. I began kneading it with my hands, its softness and coconut scent bringing my senses alive.

I kept pondering throughout my day why my stretchy dough had brought me alive and awakened something within me. And what I began to realise was that it was an invitation to enjoy God in new ways. It goes without saying that life looks different at the moment, but in the midst of that is an incredible grace to allow God to meet us in that very place. For me, at this time, it looks like spending some of my extra ‘home’ time with stretchy dough, jigsaw puzzles and card-making.

These are so much more than time fillers though – they are avenues where I am experiencing God present with me in tangible ways, perhaps because they lead me to slow down, giving the opportunity to ponder and reflect. And here I go back to my coconut scented stretchy dough, and how God has spoken to me through it at this time.

The first thing that I notice about it as I pull it out of the container is that it is rather crumbly, but all it seems to need is a few minutes of kneading, for once it is warm, it becomes softer and much more pliable. It is then that it lives up to what it was created to do, so to speak, and becomes stretchy dough. In this I felt God remind me of the importance of prayer – we are living in times where many of us feel stretched in uncomfortable ways, but when we allow God to warm out hearts, the ‘crumbles’ of our life are more easily held together. This greatly encouraged me in my commitment to prayer!

So it may not be stretchy dough for you, but whatever it is, allow this time to be one where you try new ways of prayer, or where you let God speak to you through ordinary things like stretchy dough.

(PS – my stretchy dough recipe is 2 cups of cornflour and one cup of conditioner – add a few drops of your favourite coloured food dye!)

Mel Edwards