One of my hopes for this blog is that the content of these posts would magnify God in the mundane.
Today’s mundane happens to be samp.




(If you’re American and you don’t know what samp is, try Wikipedia.  If you’re South African and you don’t know what samp is, shame on you!)

The nice thing about samp is … okay, there are three nice things about samp: one, it’s cheap; two, it’s filling; and three, a little bit goes a long way.

My problem is, I always forget Nice Thing #3 – that is, just how much samp is cooked from so little that goes into the pot.

You see, if you’ve never cooked samp before, allow me to let you in on a little secret.

It expands.

It swells.

And if you’re not careful, it overflows right out of your pot.

Not that I’m speaking from experience, of course.

Okay, maybe I am.

Yep, it happened to me … again.

I forgot how the kernels of samp just soak up the boiling water and grow.  Grow and overflow.

But the samp-covered stove conundrum did get me thinking … It got me thinking about Psalm 23, and how God is the only one who can and does make our cup overflow.

When we, like dry samp, soak up living water, our cups overflow.

He alone can make us overflow with hope, love and thankfulness.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

“May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.” (1 Thessalonians 3:12)

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:6-7)