A Recipe for When You “Oops!”

Massimo Bottura is an Italian chef and owner of Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy. He tells the story of how one of his dessert dishes was created by accident. (You can listen to him here.)

One night at his restaurant it was time to serve the dessert. His Sous-Chef Taka had prepared two lemon tarts. When it was time to serve them Taka dropped one of the two tarts and it broke on the counter.

As Massimo tells the story, Taka was devastated. “He was ready to kill himself!” But Massimo helped him see the broken tart in a new way. He said, “Look at this. It is beautiful!”

They didn’t throw the broken tart away. Instead, they rebuilt it on the plate and took the other one and broke it too to look just like the rebuilt broken one. The new creation was given a title: “Oops! I dropped the Lemon Tart.”

Massimo says, “I think that is the poetry of everyday life. You have to be ready to see things that other’s don’t even imagine.”

If we could only see our lives in the same way he sees his cooking. Ever feel broken? Feel like your life should just be thrown away? Don’t do like Taka and prepare to kill yourself.

Instead, let another Master Chef work with you. That’s what God does. He sees something in you—your broken you—that other’s don’t even imagine. Maybe not even you.  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

Getting broken is not fun. Harsh relationships can leave us wounded. Angry words can put a dent in the hardest shell. Mistakes can leave us feeling ruined.

But getting remade can be captivating! You can wake up each day and wonder what God will do with you that day.

  • He can take bitterness and transform it into blessing.
  • He can rework sadness into singing.
  • He can heal wounds so that you can bring hope to someone else.

What Massimo did with a tart God can do with your heart. With the joyful love of a Creative Master he can put the pieces back together in a new way. A beautiful way.

You may feel broken and useless because of something in your past. If so, keep this life recipe at your fingertips:

Your “oops!” is not the end of you. In fact, it might just be the beginning of something new.

Question: What do you do with your “Oops!” moments?


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