Most of the homes in the hills of Eastern Kentucky where I grew up had a ‘pie safe’. For the uninitiated, it was a popular and relied-upon piece of kitchen furniture. These cupboards had ventilation in the form of screens or tin with holes punched in it on the sides and doors. This contributed to keeping baked goods cool and preventing mold growth. It also helped to keep pesky insects, rodents, and dirt away from freshly baked goods.
As I stared across the room at our old pie safe, it brought back a flood of memories. This one had belonged in my wife’s family for generations. When age and declining health necessitated us leaving our spacious house and downsizing, many pieces of valued furniture had to go. Not this piece! Although battle-scarred and travel-worn, it is a part of our family. It moved with us. Oh, the pies and other good things it had protected. Oh, the precious memories it holds.
Focused on the pie safe, my blank stare might have been interpreted as, ‘porch light on but nobody home’. That couldn’t have been further from the truth. There was a stirring in my soul. What a wonderful thing it would be if we had a ‘spiritual’ pie safe. It could be an everyday place where we could keep aspects of our faith, valuable lessons we learned, and personal life-changing experiences we’ve had.
So often in life, little things can prove to be our undoing. Flies and other small insects can spread disease by contaminating our food. Dust and other particles can spoil contents. Scripture notes the threat that small things present to us.
- “Pestilent flies will corrupt a preparation of sweet ointment” (Ecclesiastes 10:1, BST).
- “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that spoils the vines” (Song of Solomon 2:15, NKJV).
- “Be careful! “Just a little yeast makes the whole batch of dough rise” (Galatians 5:9, NCV).
Likewise, small sins and temptations in our fallen world surround us. They can spoil our spiritual life. Like the screens or punched tins of the pie safe that screen out contaminants, time spent daily with the Lord, scripture reading, and prayer can serve to keep our spiritual goods safe.
Prayer: Lord, today I place my life in your hands for safe keeping. May I guard against small things that can spoil my relationship with you.
~ Brother Roy