I get really excited when I hear from God, it lines up with His Word, and I can see the practical application in the current events of my life. Of course, there are times I’m left scratching my head. One day last week, I’m pretty sure I heard Him say “pumpernickel.” I wasn’t sure for days what that meant, but the word sure is fun to say and it was good for a laugh from my husband when I brought a loaf home (just in case God thought we needed more fiber in our diet).
Interestingly, pumpernickel is a German word, which can be broken down to mean “devil’s fart.” The bread is said to be so named for its’ quality of being hard to digest. Looking back on it, some of the circumstances I faced that day were definitely hard to digest. Devil’s fart, indeed! If you’ve never experienced God’s sense of humor, I encourage you not to limit Him.
Ever feel like you’re being suffocated by a heavy cloud of stench? It’s probably not coincidence. Peter warns us, “Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
But… our hilarious, wonderful, amazing Jesus has already defeated him, so there’s nothing to fear. When pumpernickel happens, it’s all part of the calibration process, so you can see it as an opportunity to grow closer to our Standard (see Am I Calibrated Today?). Think of it as adding a little fiber to your being.
Not surprisingly, my kids both hated the pumpernickel loaf I brought home. Maybe I’ll try making some croutons. When life hands you pumpernickel…