Thursday, July 24, 2008
Recently, I came across an interesting fact regarding sushi restaurants. In the world of sushi, the chefs that prepare the food are capable of reaching the ranking of Sushi Master Chef. This coveted honor of Master is brought on by the chef’s skills and capacities. This chef’s mastery, however, is not determined alone by the food he prepares, but by his ability to know the people he serves even when they are not saying a word. The discipline of Omakase is something every sushi master prides him or herself on. Here’s how it works. A customer walks through the door, takes his seat, and tells the waiter Omakase. Then the waiter tells the sushi master what the customer has requested. Omakase translated means “I leave it up to you.” The master then looks across the room and stares at his guest. Then by innate feelings, which only he understands, begins to prepare food according to his gauge of the person. He will dish it out morsel by morsel and observe the client at every point until he feels that he has hit the spot and proved himself once and again as worthy of his title. This discipline has a unique purpose. Omakase stimulates a sense of comfort and trust in the customer. The customer does not have to think about what is best for themselves. They trust that the person behind the counter is a master at his craft and that indeed he does know best. This mastery and gauge of people produces simplicity- people are not faced with having to decide because the master does it for them. They don’t have to figure out the difference between fishes, squids and whatever else is found in the deep blue sea. The master knows it for them. In like manner, we can trust that Jesus knows what is best for us. Life can often have a wide and overwhelming gambit of options many of which are wrong for us. Jesus, however, has already mastered it and overcome it for us. That is why he told us, “Be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.” Everyday we can declare to Him, “I leave it up to you. I don’t know, but you know.” When Ezekiel stood before a valley full of very dry bones, the LORD asked him, “Can these bones live?” Ezekiel was not sure. He did not see a pretty picture, but all he saw was dry, dead, bones. He did respond correctly, however, when he said, “Thou knowest O LORD.” He left the ball in God’s court and trusted that the Master knew best. Our lives are not in the bank’s hands, the doctor’s hands, the lawyer’s hands or the devil’s hands, but our lives are in God’s hands. Sushi anyone?
Posted by A. Prado