Just Plain Vanilla?

My favorite Ice Cream is Vanilla.  I know, rather plain.  I was thinking about that the other day when I heard someone describing someone as just plain vanilla.   You know the old adage that implies there is nothing real special or memorable about a person.  Yet have you ever researched how vanilla is made?  The process is quite simple yet rather time consuming. Here are the basics:

First, acquire some vanilla beans (about three), which, by the way, come from some rather exotic places, Madagascar, Bourbon, Tonga, Mexico, Tahiti, etc.  Each vanilla bean comes from an orchid that has been pollinated by hand. Once the vanilla seedpod has developed, it must be hand picked as well. After picking, the curing process takes several months. So if you’ve ever wondered why vanilla extract, and especially vanilla beans, can be so expensive, this is why.

Second, place 3 vanilla beans in a jar that can be sealed and pour vodka over the beans until the beans are covered.  Shake the jar a little.  Seal the jar and put in a cool dark place for about 2 months

Third, shake the jar from time to time during the curing process.  Once the vanilla is ready you can add more vodka as you use it to have an endless supply of vanilla.

When I read how vanilla is made I realized there is no such thing as just plain vanilla, or anyone who is just plain vanilla.

First, you were made – Hand pollinated.  Psalm 139 says we were formed in our mother’s womb by the hand of God.  There are no mistakes or mishaps.

Second, you were hand picked.  You have a purpose in life and add amazing flavor.

Third, when we are mixed with the spirit of God a beautiful concoction is revealed.

Fourth, as we use what we have, more is added to us and we never run out.

No matter where you are from or how you came to be you are vanilla and it is rather exotic and amazing.


What makes you special?