I was in charge of making bread for the Lord’s table in our Church last Lord’s day.
I got up early on Sunday morning and scheduled half an hour to the work. Sister Su taught me how to make bread before and I scratched some notes of the procedures and attached them on the fridge for easy and quick references. Also, this was not the first time that I made bread for our Church. I did twice before, and they were both successful. So, I thought half an hour was a reasonable time slot to make it done. However, beyond my expectation, I redid the bread five times and it took me more than 2 hours.
For the first two, the pie dough went dry quickly when they were rollen flattened. I thought it might be caused by the flowing air from the open windows. So I closed the windows.
The third one was better and not so dry. But when I attempted to gild the lily and make the pie thinner, the bread broke.
Then I made a fourth dough. The pie was good during the rolling. This time I didn’t follow the recipe by putting the baking plate in the oven in advance, the bread was broken again quickly after it was baked.
For the fifth time, I strictly followed the taught procedure. I put the baking plate in the oven during pre-heat. When the pie was rolled well, I put it in the hot baking plate and turn it 8 times on each side, and then I bake it for 4 more minutes. Finally this pie turned out good.
My hubby said the many failures were due to my perfectionism. I always tried to make the bread thinner and thinner, till it was like a sheet of paper. Hubby said it was unnecessary to make it so thin. I agreed with what he said. So the fifth one wasn’t as thin as my pre-set criteria.
At the same time, I believe so many failures were a sign from the Lord to make me to watch. These days my spirit was weak, and I haven’t read Bible for many days. It’s time for me to strengthen my spirit and start to read Lord’s words. Praise the Lord for the “watch”!