Have you ever wondered why you don’t often see glass dishes that have the rubber lids, in the oval shape? Well, think about it. If the dish is round, the lid will fit however you put it on — easy. If the dish is square, you have distinct corners that you can use to “line up” the lid — again, relatively easy.
But an oval dish and lid combo is probably not a good idea. Because the lid has to be lined up just right, in order to fit, and it’s very hard to discern where that just right line up is! I came by this piece of knowledge the hard way.
A young couple we know have just moved to town so that he can attend the seminary.
On their moving day several of us took food to them for dinner that night and breakfast the next morning.
One of the dishes I took was a fruit mix to go with egg and potato casseroles and sweet breads, for breakfast the next morning.
I had planned to take everything in disposable pans and plastic containers so that they didn’t have to worry about returning them to me. But then I saw an oval glass dish with a rubber lid at the store and liked the idea of giving them the fruit in an attractive dish that they could keep.
The day of, I made all the food and put the fruit in the new glass dish (after washing it, of course). But I had a heck of a time getting that pesky lid to stay on! Finally I got it on and was prepared to deliver the food.
But as I was putting the food in the car, I noticed that the oval bowl’s lid was coming off! I just didn’t have time to work at getting it to stay on again, so I got out a very big, thick rubber band and put it around the dish to make the lid stay on. Hopefully, the young couple would have better luck with it.
I had also written them a note of welcome and encouragement in their new endeavor and included it with the food.
After returning from delivering the food, I was feeling pretty good about how the things I prepared had turned out, and that they seemed to be appreciated.
But as my mind went back over what I had taken, I remembered what I had written in the card — and laughed out loud!
I had written the card before I had had my struggles with the lid on the glass dish. So, at the time, it didn’t seem at all humorous that I told them in my note that I hoped whenever they used the glass dish, it would put them in mind of all of us who love and support them in their new journey.
Hmmm. I picture them reading that and then looking at the glass dish with its imperfect lid that doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do, and even looks a little disheveled when you finally do get it on, and laughing!
I think I sent a message with that imperfect bowl and lid that was really better than I could have imagined when I wrote the note.
When I said I wanted the bowl to remind them of those of us who love and encourage them, I guess I pictured a bunch of “saints” sitting around them in pure white robes singing hymns and blessing them perfectly.
But the imperfect bowl and lid really sent just the right message. There are many of us who love and support them, but we are certainly not saints — we are real, imperfect people, perfectly represented by that imperfect bowl and lid.
A perfect fit.