“Of course I can keep secrets. It’s the people I tell them to that can’t keep them.” Anthony Haden-Guest
It’s delicious, it’s savory, and it has been delighting folks for decades. It was refined by my grandfather, and it still brings a smile when tasted. It’s one-of-a-kind barbecue sauce, made up of … well I can’t tell you, for you see it is a family secret.
After retiring from the restaurant business, Granddad passed the recipe along to my parents. With this transference came a stipulation, “The recipe is to stay in the family, and don’t give it to anyone.” To this day, my family has been faithful to his request.
When I married, the secret recipe was passed along to my wife, and she passed it along to our daughters. Since then, making barbecue sauce has become a seasonal event for our family. We decided several years ago that it would make a wonderful holiday gift, and it is a tradition that is still well received.
One time, before our children were born, I was fearful that the family’s secret recipe had been compromised. While on a visit to my in-laws, I noticed a bowl of barbecue sauce on the supper table. Once tasted, I recognized it. It was my family’s secret sauce! I thought, “how could the woman I love betray me? How could she give the secret recipe to her mother?” Cautiously I asked my mother-in-law, “Attie, where did you get this barbecue sauce?” She replied, “I made it.” Immediately I glanced at my wife and slowly asked my mother-in-law, “Where did you get the recipe?” Nonchalantly she said, “After tasting your sauce, I could tell what was in it, and I copied it.”
This was unbelievable! When she disclosed what she had put into her sauce, our unseen ingredients had been revealed. By taste, my mother-in-law had determined what was in our secret sauce. Her culinary discernment was simply amazing!
Do you have a secret? Perhaps it’s a serious conundrum, and you think no one knows nor cares. Christian, don’t be deceived, for our creator is acquainted with the innermost workings of our heart (Psalm 44:20,21: Jeremiah 23:24), and he is able to discern our motives (Psalm 139:1-13). One day when we stand in his presence, all of our secret thoughts will be revealed (Romans 2:16; 1 Corinthians 14:25), and at that time, the word “secret” will merely be an archaic term from the past. In the meantime, go to him in prayer and share your secrets. Christian, are you up for the task?
“Be with me Lord, I cannot live without Thee,
I dare not try to take one step alone,
I can not bear the loads of life, unaided,
I need Thy strength to lean myself upon.” T.O.Chisholm