Seriously, where do they get these shows? They give these chefs the strangest combinations of food and challenge them to make something out of it. I promise a producer gets the weirdest foods they can find: salty, sweet, bitter, spicy, rich, creamy, any and everything then gives them 30 minutes to make a gourmet meal. They would be upset with me because I would have three different meals. I’m sorry but there are just some things that should not go together. Somehow they all manage to pull it off though, each chef has something different and beautiful that they created out of all those ingredients.


I was beginning to become one of those people who felt like reality TV is a conspiracy. There’s no way an average person could even begin to construct a meal that intricate with such little time. Then I realized these aren’t average people. These are chefs with years of culinary experience who have committed their life to making delicious yet unique dishes. Then I got convicted.


I looked over my life and all the mistakes I’ve made, the things that didn’t even fit in my circumstance that I managed to find anyway. Much like the ingredients that didn’t seem to go together, I had stories to tell that would have you reading a love story one moment and a drama the next. No, my life certainly hasn’t been perfect. There have been moments when I wondered how I could ever create a masterpiece with the pieces I had. Then I realized I misunderstood my role.


I wasn’t the chef, trying to determine what the finished product would be. Nor was I the ingredients, the good and bad things of my life, I was the producer. In the span of my lifetime I had gathered all of these lessons, scars, bitter and sweet moments that I needed direction on what to do with. I needed to know how all of these things could work together to make a beautiful finished product.


I watched the show with a new level of interest. I noticed how the chefs didn’t take everything and mix it together all at once. He decided what the finished product would be then worked on each piece separately. Is that what you’re doing in me God? I once felt like some of these storms I have faced had left only destruction with no real lesson but I see that you just haven’t gotten to the reason behind that test yet.


Could it be that the Master hasn’t touched the things you viewed as unnecessary? There are some items that you have collected over the years that still cause you to question the purpose behind the pain. Please know that as His word promises, “all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord your struggle was not in vain. To those who love the Lord, I say to you, know that God will complete “the good work” He is doing in you.  Every lesson you have learned will be used for your testimony.


To those who are yet struggling with the bad decisions you have made, I want you to know that God is able to do “exceedingly, abundantly ABOVE all that you may ask or think” I want to emphasize ABOVE because what you have done has caused you to lower the dreams that you allow yourself to dream. God wants you to know that He can do beyond the thought you think of yourself. He can take the bitter and sweet ingredients that you brought into your life and change them for the better. When will you recognize your role?


It is not for you to be the chef and determine what good can come from your mess. Nor have you been called to be the ingredients and stay stuck on who you are, instead of who you have the potential to be. My friend, you are just the producer. You must go through life and gather all the ingredients necessary for God to do His good work in you. Turn your life over to the Top Chef so that He can make His promises manifest in your life.  Romans 8:28, “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God-those whom he has called according to his plan.”


God, I thank you for Your divine purpose for my life. When things hurt and broke me You knew that in the end the same things would heal and free me. I don’t know what You are going to do with all these pieces of my life but, I know You’re plan is much larger than anything that I can imagine for myself.  Thank You for never denying me access to be in Your will, allowing me to have a chance to be molded into a beautiful vessel. Help those who are trying to understand what they can become, given the mistakes they’ve made, see that if they hand their life to You, You can create a masterpiece not even they thought was possible. God give us peace to know that we have not wasted tears nor time and that you have a purpose for the ingredients of our life.

About The Author

Sarah Jakes

Sarah Jakes oversees the women's ministry at The Potter's House of Dallas, the church led by her parents, Bishop T.D. Jakes and Mrs. Serita Jakes. She regularly blogs at and occasionally serves as a TV host on The Potter's Touch.

34 Responses

  1. Jenae

    I love this. I know that everything I have been though was for a reason and my testimony is going to be a blessing to someone else.

  2. Terry Wright

    i love the food network and watching the cheifs create so i especially love the way you have made the two one, in this i can clearly understand the plan of the Creator, thank you and God Bless

  3. Adriene

    This was an interesting concept to use to minister with Sarah. I am an avid fan of one of the best cooking competition shows out there so I totally GET IT! Its not for me to be the chef. I hear you Lord! Bravo my sister! WOW!

  4. Lola Wilkins

    That is so true,The Lord can turn your test and trials into a testimony. Stay blessed!

  5. Ditlare Ranku

    Thank you for being obedient and allowing God to use you.
    God doesn’t need our effort or help to put our pieces back together.
    GBY dearly.

  6. Kaye Flewellen

    Amazing, simply beautiful! Excellent anology. Like your father, you are so gifted to take an everyday ordinary experience and bring so much life and light. Keep up the good work. I am encouraged.

  7. Nique

    I’m currently going through something that has broken me to my core and from the moment it started I knew God was working on me for something. However the past few days I’ve been down and starting questioning God but your post has reminded me and encouraged me to keep moving forward because Victory is at the end of the tunnel! It doesn’t matter how long that tunnel is because God will be with me all the way! Thank you God for using Sarah to uplift and encourage so many people.

  8. Cyquita Hooks

    Sarah your blog is an awesome piece. God has gien you a gift to share with all that know and those who don’t know Him. It’s you wrtie on this pagr that give a unferdtanding to thr big piont of life. You are a person of understsnding and a beatiful person readoning. By me just starting to tead your blog I have love everything you have writen. You are blessed with a gift that djould be shared with the world. Sarah you be blessed and have a blessed fulfilling day.

  9. ElderMW

    Amen..Gathering all the ingredients for God to work it good. Don’t forget the SALT.

  10. Yvonne

    Well done, thy good and faithful servant!! Well done- very well written!!!! I’m a proud friend -lol

  11. Ms Spicy

    I love this one Sarah!! You are so right about these shows…even in this show on Lifetime who will be the next Accessory maker. They have to make pieces from shoes, hammers..etc just plain silly things.( so we think) to make a beautiful piece in a only a short period of time. BUT the end result is something we never thought about mixing together. Yes, God can take Broken pieces..fragile heart, etc & Take Pain & turn it into Praise. God Bless you Sarah. Continue writing such Inspiration. *Ms Spicy

  12. Keisha T Lewis

    Hi Sarah, Thanks for this article! It has saved my life and gave me back my courage.. No words can describe how heavy my heart is with thankfulness in Jesus and in you.. He was speaking directly to me.. He even use my favorite show.. I love watching those chefs cook.. I just want to say thank you for your obedience to our lord and savior! and its because he said you can do it first is why you r doing what you are doing.. STAY STRONG MY SISTER AND KEEP STANDING WE ALL NEED YOU!!

    Keisha T. Robinson..

  13. Dalya White

    Oh God!!! ” When things hurt and broke me You knew that in the end the same things would heal and free me”…… Since reading you blog “Say Yes” sharing my testimony has been constantly on my mind. Thank you again Sarah for allowing God to use you in such an awesome way. You will never know the transforming power of the words that you continue to speak. Continue to be a good steward over the platform God has given you. He is well pleased! I know that for sure! My life will never be the same again. I must share this on my fb page. Peace and many blessings to you!

  14. Petunia

    You’ve done it again Sarah. This is a masterpiece. Thank you for the wisdom that God has given you – to realise the voice of God in the things that we go through daily. Thank you so much and may the Almighty God continue to bless your heart.

  15. Sherry

    Sarah this is an excellent piece. I like to share your work with my daughter. She just received her B.S. degree last week and she is not a facebook fan so email your stories to her. I think I’m going to share this one with my students if you don’t mind. Keep up the good work and keep that humble spirit. It is one of your most important ingredients at this time in your life.


    Ur words always manages to find where I’m at in that moment.The words have given me encouragement. I Thank God He has given u such words to reach pple u will never know but u have impacted their lives.KEEP ALLOWING GOD TO USE U.

  17. Detra C.

    This was Mmm Mmm Good to the last drop. Such an on time word for me. I love the Father. He makes ALL things good. Continued blessings to you Sarah, as you share and say what so many of us are going through and feel.

  18. Idella Atkins

    I loved this article and I find that you’re sharing of words and wisdom is both
    inspirational and insiteful. Please keep up the good work I know that you will continue to soar at whatever you put you hands to it will have God’s devine favor.

  19. Joanne J. Santana

    The first thing that came to my mind was, “She must either have been hungry when she wrote this blog or just looking for new recipes.” — A little humor! ;) LOL

    I really like this one! I love how you brought it altogether: the metaphors of life represented in bitter and sweet ingredients, combined to create a unique and yet beautiful representation of culinary art, much like the final product of our own life experiences. It’s hard to acknowledge because no one likes to suffer. Suffering does have the potential to make us into better and wiser people. I believe that God doesn’t create us to be perfect, but the moments themselves end up to be perfect because of the change that it causes in us: growth, opportunity, patience, wisdom, etc. Many times I have had to force myself to believe in God’s final product (working everything out for my own good) because it has to make sense to me. I have to believe that someone who loves me is in it with me . . .unconditionally.

    Once again, New York Times bestselling material! You are one your way! ,

  20. Kim

    This was amazing, let God continue the work that he has started in you. Many will continue to be blessed!

  21. Frieda Alexander

    This brings to mind your Dad’s message he preached @ my church. When he gives the ingredients of a cake & the baking time, he said if you leave out some of the ingredients the cake won’t come out the way you expect & without baking & cooling it, you can’t add the icing.
    Because God uses different characteristic traits of Himself in us we can all take the a pile of mixed-matched ingredients & create something delectable.
    This blog will help many to understand all the spices in their life are necessary to be the you God designed you to be.

  22. Pastor Bridget

    Very good Sarah….as I was reading the blog I glanced over to my right and saw the bad boots you wore to church today. I had to refocus to read the conclusion of the article. I am a lover of shoes…. so you know I love the look today. Oh I am suppose to be talking about the blog…it is GREAT!!

  23. Audley McCarthy

    Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing! My line of conviction was “God, I thank you for Your divine purpose for my life. When things hurt and broke me You knew that in the end the same things would heal and free me.”

  24. Temisan

    Wooow am blown awayagain sarah. thanks for the encouragement. keep the good work i will definately buy your books when they start coming out. Lots of love from Nigeria.

  25. Dee Hurst

    Honestly girlie…u must have walked down my path and taken snap shots, analyzed and from there on written a piece just about me :)


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