I always marvel at it. Anytime I see it, I cannot help but consider the kernel it once was. The image that comes to mind is that of a flower in bloom.
I am talking about the fluffy white delight, that is arguably, the world’s oldest snack. Popcorn!
From my research for this article, I learnt that a kernel of popcorn contains water or moisture surrounded by soft starch. The starch is capsuled by the outer covering we see, called the hull. When popcorn is subjected to heat, the water within heats up. As temperature increases the water becomes steam and turns the starch into a gluey substance. Because of the hard hull, pressure mounts up inside the kernel. However, at 204 to 238 degrees Celsius, the hull bursts open spewing out the gluey starch which cools immediately to give us the funny petal-like shape we are familiar with.
The transformation of popcorn from seed to snack is fascinating.
Watch it in slow mo:
Wow! Amazing right.
From this wonder kernel that blooms, one can draw inspiration:
- Popcorn needs heat to pop, or better still, bloom. Tough times are necessary for bringing out the best in us. ‘Aha’ moments usually come when we are in a quandary. Take James’ advise,
“ Dear friends, is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then be happy, for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow. So let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete.” James 1:2-4 TLB
- Popcorn in bloom is much bigger that its kernel. It is said that a kernel can swell to 40-50 times its original size. You may seem dwarfed by lack of money, heartbreak, poor self-esteem, academic failure, addiction of any kind., or handicapped in any form. Don’t belittle yourself. You are more than meets the eye. You are bigger than the difficulties you are facing.
- There are four main types of corn, Dent corn, Sweet corn, Flint corn and Popcorn. Only popcorn pops. This is mainly because if its hull which helps the kernel withstand pressure of heat until the right moment. A moment too soon, there will be no bloom. Even for popcorn, when the temperature is too low, no popping; if it’s too high the kernel burns.
In life people respond to difficulties differently. Some avoid problems or give in too soon, consequently they don’t bloom. Others, consciously or unconsciously, deny the reality of their situation and eventually get destroyed by it.
Life is imperfect. Difficulties are inescapable. Be glad for them. God has placed a great potential in you. Allow your challenges to pop them out. You will be the better for it; others will be beneficiaries of your invaluable contribution.
Whatever, you may be facing today, the best way to respond is to, ” Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)
How do you deal with difficulties?