At some point or another, we’ve all most likely found ourselves in the rather uncomfortable state of limbo, or in a place of feeling insecure because of a lack of information.
Perhaps you’re in the midst of experiencing that this very moment in your own life.
It can happen in regards to our health, our finances, and our relationships, and we find ourselves trying to navigate what feels like uncharted waters, in the dark, and on our own; or groping around what feels like a room with the lights switched off, one which we’ve never previously been in.
When we find ourselves in that mysterious and unique space between the known and the unknown, it can feel quite lonely and isolating; it can cause us to retreat into our heads and into our imaginations, where we often feed ourselves less-than-positive images of what’s to come in order to fill in the blanks for ourselves.
And that only causes us to sink into worry or despair.
But feeling alone and in the dark isn’t where our Creator longs for us to feel that we are, not when He stands right there next to us, eager to partner in whatever part of the journey we may find ourselves in.
It seems that we spend so much of our time living in either a past that is already long-gone, or living in a possible future formed purely out of a vivid imagination.
So where does that leave the present moment, which is happening right before our eyes, and is filled with so much potential for light and for good?
There’s something very sweet and delicious, something glaze-like, about a present moment, a moment that is happening right now.
It’s illuminated and full of what actually is, and full of the possibility for uplift because it offers us some reality to fix our eyes upon rather than the unknown.
The present is also where our Creator longs to meet us, so that He can walk hand in hand with us in whatever mystery we’re walking in, shedding some light, if we really want it, on our path as we go.
So no matter what limbo or state-of-unknowing we may find ourselves in, we really don’t have to feel alone in it; because the truth is, we’re not.
The best remedy is to open our eyes wide and take in the light that is there before us: the people who we love and who love us; the displays of kindness and care and mercy; and the opportunity to use our own situation to uplift others as they go through theirs.
Because in those things is where you find God.
And the sweet thing is, we’re never really alone when we live in the present, and make the request for light to be shed upon it.
Taste what’s good and pass it on.
Orange-Honey Glazed Roasted Turkey Breasts
by Ingrid Beer
Yield: Serves about 8
• 2 (2-3 pound) half turkey breasts, bone-in and skin on
• Canola or olive oil
• Black pepper
• 2 teaspoons herbs de Provence
• 1 teaspoon paprika
• Orange-Honey Glaze (recipe below)
• 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
• 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
-Preheat the oven to 375°, and line a baking sheet with foil.
-Place the turkey breasts bone-side down onto the baking sheets, and drizzle with a couple of tablespoons of the oil; sprinkle a couple of good pinches of salt and black pepper over each of the turkey breasts, along with the herbs de Provence and the paprika divided equally among each.
-Insert a digital thermometer into the thickest part of one of the breasts.
-Next, pour the Orange-Honey Glaze into two separate small bowls, reserving one half for after the turkey is sliced, and using the other half to brush over the turkey as it roasts.
-Place the turkey breasts into the oven to roast, and after 30 minutes, brush them liberally with the glaze.
-Continue to roast for another 10 minutes, and then brush on more of the glaze.
-Continue to roast for another 10 minutes, and brush once more with the glaze; roast for about another 10 minutes, and remove the breasts from the oven once the internal temperature reaches 165°.
-Allow the turkey breasts to rest for about 10 minutes before slicing the meat; then once sliced, drizzle just a little of the reserved glaze over the slices, and sprinkle over the fresh rosemary and thyme before serving.
Orange-Honey Glaze Ingredients:
• ¾ cup honey
• 1 teaspoon, heaping, orange zest
• ¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
• 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
• 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
• ½ teaspoon salt
• ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper
-Add all of the ingredients to a small sauce pan, and whisk to combine; bring to the boil and reduce the heat to low to gently simmer the glaze for 10 minutes.
-Pour the glaze into a bowl or glass container, and allow it to cool until thickened and glossy before using.