Slow to Boil - Cathy Hopkins


Cathy Hopkins

I have several devotionals I use at different times. One in particular is Mocha with Max by Max Lucado. As I was sitting, reading, one morning with the student who is living with us this school year, Max gave a definition of patience. The Greek word used for patience, he states, "figuratively means 'taking a long time to boil'".  Max painted a picture of a pot of water on the stove. The main factor for the speed at which it comes to a boil being the intensity of the flame. Water boils quickly when the flame is high.  Max wrote how this gives us a picture of God’s slow to boil patience and how He keeps the flame low at all times.

As I and this young lady pondered his words, her heart went a different direction for this unique picture.

She pondered it this way ~ The amount of water in a pot has much to do with the amount of time it takes to bring that water to a boil. A small amount can be brought to boil very quickly, however a large amount can take a very long time. Holy Spirit is often symbolized in the scriptures as water. The flame of the fire under the pot is out of our control. Life’s situations, people we are around and many other factors, can cause that flame to go from low to high quite quickly at times.

I was really getting excited about her analogy and we sat and encouraged one another in this direction.

Let yourself be the pot and Holy Spirit the water. If we allow Holy Spirit to fill us we are a pot FULL of water and although the flame may get turned to HIGH heat a full pot is not easily brought to boil. However, if we do not receive a constant infilling of His Presence in our lives the water level can get quite low. Again, a small amount of water is easily brought to boil, especially when the flames of life are turned up to high heat.

Let us stay filled and with Holy Spirit overflowing (overflowing water can actually put out those flames) as we spend time with Him, in praise and worship, in the Living Word of God and in prayer. Let’s be pots who the enemy and the world around us cannot easily bring to a boil. After all isn’t patience a fruit of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23 ~ “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

1 Corinthians 12:13 ~ “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.”

Romans 14:17 ~ “The Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”

Kingdom Days!

Cathy Hopkins ( is on the prayer team and the IAHR Assistant at Spokane Headquarters in Spokane, WA.