Haggis: The Other White Meat

by Larry Hehn on January 24, 2011

haggisHave you ever eaten haggis?

My dictionary defines haggis as “a Scottish dish made of the lungs, heart, etc. of a sheep or calf, mixed with suet, seasoning, and oatmeal and boiled in the animal’s stomach.”

What is suet? “Hard fat from around the kidneys and loins of cattle and sheep: used in cooking and as a source of tallow.”

Tallow? “The pale yellow solid fat extracted from the natural fat of cattle, sheep, etc. used in making candles, soaps, lubricants, etc.”

Yum.

No wonder haggis seems to generate such a negative reaction with so many people. Is it the daunting list of ingredients? Is it the appearance? Is it maybe just hearsay, or fear of the unknown? Whatever it may be, I’ve talked to many people who insist that they don’t like haggis, though very few have ever eaten it.

How eager would you be to sit down to a plate of it?

In April 2007 I had my first taste of haggis, courtesy of Stuart Carroll Quality Meats, Brampton’s best butcher.

Imagine my surprise when not only I, but my entire family, tried it and liked it.

Now I realize that this may be a really corny metaphor, but it got me thinking – what are some other (haggises? haggi? What is the plural form of haggis, anyway?) in my life?

Every prejudice that governs my life constricts my relationships and experiences. That’s why I think Jesus used many different ways to heal people of the same afflictions. He wanted to make sure that we didn’t place limits on how or when God would work in our lives.

When I pray or enter a relationship or attend an event or start a conversation with prejudice, who knows what I may be missing?

It may be much more than a nice meal.

“When we are certain of the way God is going to work, He will never work in that way anymore.” – Oswald Chambers

Have you ever placed limits on how you expected God to work, only to have Him surprise you?

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Jason January 24, 2011 at 12:09 am

Many, many times. I’m kind of ashamed at the number of years I thought God couldn’t do anything while saying I knew he could…
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Larry Hehn January 24, 2011 at 8:44 am

Yes, he rarely shows up the way I expect him to. It’s a lot easier for me to see in hindsight that he has been working the whole time. Thanks, Jason.

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Michael January 24, 2011 at 7:33 am

A lot of the time I have. Especially, over the last few years where I knew He was calling me.
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Larry Hehn January 24, 2011 at 9:22 am

Me too, Michael. It certainly isn’t comfortable, but when all is said and done I’m glad he works beyond my script.

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bill (cycleguy) January 24, 2011 at 7:12 am

Preconceived ideas are awful. I remember in college a guy came for the second semester of my freshman year. He came with long hair and droopy mustache and big sideburns (not allowed). He eventually got them cut (had to) but so many had already turned him off. I was sitting outside one day when he pulled in driving his Javelin. I said Hi, introduced myself and we chatted. We are still best friends and get together whenever we can…40 years later. I have also had preconceived ideas with God and thought He was limited in what He could/would do.

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Larry Hehn January 24, 2011 at 8:48 am

Great point, Bill. I’ve developed an impression of someone based strictly on their appearance many times. And been very surprised to have that image shattered once I got to know them. We definitely can’t judge a book by its cover.

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Jim F January 24, 2011 at 7:39 am

Too often I have had preconceived ideas about too many things. By the way this is a great illustration.
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Larry Hehn January 24, 2011 at 9:24 am

Thanks, Jim. Next time we get together, the haggis is on me!

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Jim F January 25, 2011 at 7:41 am

Deal! I am adventurous so i would try it for sure 🙂
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Cole January 24, 2011 at 8:54 am

I certainly have a tendency to reduce my diet to just chicken when it comes to God. I do everything I can to contain an uncontainable God. It’s sad, but it seems to be human nature.
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Larry Hehn January 24, 2011 at 9:26 am

What an excellent analogy, Cole. Yep, there’s definitely a lot more to the menu than chicken. Cheers!

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Dustin January 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Too be honest, one look at that picture does it for me…. Not sure if I could stomach it. 🙂

But I agree with you – with what I just said right there is what you wrote about. How often do I do that with people I come in contact with? “They’re not mature enough.” “He doesn’t believe what I believe” “She always responds that way when I say that.” Rather than expecting God to work in a situation, I box him out.

Thanks for sharing this!
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Larry Hehn January 24, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Yep, God can work through anything. Even haggis. Thanks, Dustin!

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Chris January 24, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Man if only I had a nickel for every time. I spent a lot of time putting God in a box and trying to define him in my earlier walk with him. I still find that now being older I sometimes do that, but I try very hard to remember God is so much bigger than any of us and he will show up in amazing ways and do amazing things. No one can put God in a box for anything. I am trying hard to live the rest of my life in wonder and look for ways he shows up in everyday situations I never intended.
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Larry Hehn January 24, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Me too, Chris. It’s amazing how often he shows up when we’re open to seeing it.

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Aunt Bethany January 25, 2011 at 9:36 am

I lived in New York City for two years when I went to grad school at NYU. I went there with the intention of performing on Broadway and the like for a career. This had been my dream for years prior, and it was all I could think about…however, the summer before I left and when I arrived there, I began to have doubts.

For whatever reason, I started to worry about how I would have to devote my life to performing, and sacrifice things like family time, social gatherings, friendships, etc. Performing is a tough life, and I suddenly began to miss just being a “normal” person. I had performed so much in college that I missed out on having a college student’s life/friends/experiences.

But, I stayed in NYC for two years. I thought that if I left for a simpler, quieter life back home, people would think I had failed or couldn’t make it. Still, as the years went by, I knew more and more that I wanted a life based around family and friends, not performing. So, in 2009, I made the hardest decision of my life and moved back home, where I earned my Music Education degree and settled into a wonderful town…which included wonderful friends, loves, and memories.

It was the best/toughest decision of my life. I had to let go of being afraid and scared what people would think of me, and follow my own heart/intuitions. I had to just trust that everything would work out.

And it did…and I’m now completely happy 🙂
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Larry Hehn January 25, 2011 at 9:41 am

That’s a terrific story, Aunt Bethany. I’m glad you were able to let go and wind up where you were called to be!

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Aunt Bethany January 25, 2011 at 9:42 am

You’ve actually just inspired me on a post! I’ll be sending a link back to your site!
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Larry Hehn January 25, 2011 at 9:48 am

Very cool. Can’t wait to read it! You are welcome to post a link to it here in the comments when it is posted. And thanks for the link back!

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