It is obvious, for bread, one needs flour…call it the foundation. Flour provides structure; the gluten (or protein) in the flour combines to form a web that traps air bubbles and sets the stage. The starch in the flour sets as it heats to add to and support the overall structure. And flour also has some simple sugar available which can feed the yeast so one need not add extra sugar…though it will take longer to rise.
A relationship NEEDS structure; a foundation. The best foundation, by far, would be THE ROCK, Biblically speaking.
For bread, the best would be bread flour which is high in protein (gluten). This allows it to produce a higher volume because it contains more stretching gluten. Loaves made with bread flour should rest for 10-15 minutes after rising before shaping the loaves so the gluten relaxes a bit and the dough is easier to work.
Although all-purpose flour works fine for most breads, it takes a bit more work and cannot always be relied upon…not unlike the Christian who feels fine with just once-a-week church meetings and grace only at meal times…perhaps a date night once-a-month. These couples may go along well and, if no crisis hits, may never have any troubles…yet they also may never know the joy of a truly wonderful artisan loaf of bread (so to speak) in their marriage either.
Whole grain flours do not have as much gluten because there are other ingredients like bran and germ which get between the gluten molecules. Whole grain flours are usually combined with bread or all-purpose flour to make better texture (a.k.a. “crumb”). And couples who are too busy to make God the Lord of their lives and their relationships—find instead of having good “crumb” everything crumbles.
Many a parent has spent tons of time and/or money on major gifts and trips to find out years later it was the seemingly insignificant things the parent can barely recollect which the child has the fondest memories over.
It takes the investment of time—of oneself—to develop, nurture and grow a relationship; and the same is true for a tasty loaf of bread. Yeast multiplies and grows by using (1)sugar (just like in a relationship…for have you ever heard the phrase that you can catch more bees with honey than vinegar) and (2)water (for everyone and everything must be hydrated!). If you feed the yeast (and your marriage with sweetness and truth) it will grow!
Now, there are different Yeasts…If the love of your life were to bring you gifts that someone else bought because s/he was too busy…or downloaded sayings from the Internet rather than write their own greetings onto a card…i.e. gave you “instant” love…would your marriage be everything you could desire? Would you do this for/to them? To God?
That is sort of the bad rap with instant yeast. It can work (and sometimes not…as it is not always reliable)…Instant rise yeast has been genetically modified (like “love at first sight”) in order to give your bread a quick rise. Only it stunts the fermentation process which results in a lesser flavor. Reminds me of the seed in the parable…the one which shot right up but then withered due to the lack of a root system.
Salt strengthens the gluten in the bread and its flavor. It helps moderate the effect of the yeast so that it does not rise too quickly…and may help temper emotions in a marriage when we allow God’s Word to season every aspect of ours.
Though Sugar is not a necessity in baking bread…it does add sweetness and aid the yeast, especially if it needs a little boost because it is older or a bit tired. Every marriage goes through its tired moments, trying years—yet God’s Words are sweet, nourishing and encouraging always…and He is only a whisper away. Keep His Word and His people near…and always have sugar on your lips for the love of your life; you never know when the yeast within them needs to be fed as well.