“My mother-in-law would always apologize before serving dinner when I was in attendance, saying, ‘This must seem pretty ordinary for a chef . . .’ She had no idea how magical, how reassuring, how pleasurable her simple meat loaf was for me, what a delight even lumpy mashed potatoes were-being, as they were, blessedly devoid of truffles or truffle oil,” wrote the late world-renowned chef Anthony Bourdain in his book “Kitchen Confidential”.
It’s no secret that Bourdain hated anything to do with truffles or truffle oil. In another video interview, he said this:
“Truffled french fries. You know, what’s wrong with a french fry? Truffled mac n’ cheese? Is that going to make it better? No, it’ll make it more expensive… I get a sinking feeling, you know, if I sit down… and I see… any unnecessarily sort of tarted up, you know, stuff like that.”
This isn’t about truffle. This is about what truffle represents in our lives.
“Truffled french fries. You know, what’s wrong with a french fry?”
How many of us would rather throw in something like truffle to try to liven up the flavor of things in our lives, instead of allowing the real flavor of the deep things that God’s trying to cook up take place?
I think of my own impatience to the process. I want to know already the ending, God. Perhaps it’s this—okay I’ll take my chances and go for it.
I think of relationships that rush too deep into things without even clarifying with themselves if the person is the one they’ll really end up with.
I think of when I’ve put in too many meetings, meals, and activities in my schedule instead of just focusing on what God’s telling me to do.
I think of people who’ve made hasty major life decisions because they thought that this was their only shot at seeing their dream fulfilled.
I think of the times I’ve told way too many people about my issues, fears, and struggles instead of going to God Himself. The words of author John Ortberg comes to mind, “If the devil can’t make you sin, he’ll make you busy.”
“Any unnecessarily sort of tarted up, you know, stuff like that.”
It’s fluff, really. Unnecessary. Truffle.
And the dangerous part?
“Is that going to make it better? No, it’ll make it more expensive.”
It will cost you. Sometimes, more than you’re willing to pay.