For those who don't know much about where cheese comes from or how it's made, here are some contemplations on cheese from my lunch today.
The very first cheese was an accident-- it happened when milk being stored in an animal stomach began to coagulate and separate into curds and whey. Rennet, an enzyme found in the stomach of some animals, is the magic-maker that starts the process that eventually makes cheese out of milk. And, don't you know those first people who stumbled upon this knowledge must have been beside themselves with happiness! They'd just discovered a way to preserve milk.
We currently have one goat producing milk in our backyard. That's one goat providing all the milk for our family of five. Some days it seems Razz produces for us just enough. In fact, milk seems to come to us like our daily bread, or our manna. God is always so good to provide us with enough for the day.
Cheese, though, is what happens when God is truly blessing us with an over-abundance! Cheese gets made when it's hard for me to fit any more jars of milk into the refrigerator. And, when that happens, it's cause for celebration and for thankfulness.