by Diane Stortz
Tucked into your kitchen cupboards, do you have a roll of wax paper? Me too.
When I was growing up, wax paper was a kitchen staple with lots of uses. I remember wax paper–wrapped sandwiches in my school lunch box and pressing fall leaves between sheets of wax paper to make colorful fall “suncatchers.” Sometimes my mother wrapped a piece of wax paper around a comb, held it to her lips, and hummed her favorite tunes, making us all laugh.
Treating parchment or paper to make it moisture proof can be dated back at least to the Middle Ages. In 1851, Gustave Le Gray began using a type of wax paper for photographic negatives. But it wasn’t until 1927 in Hoboken, New Jersey, that Roswell Rausch, who owned a paper company, introduced Cut-Rite Wax Paper on a roll for home use, in a box with a slender cutting edge.
It would be twenty years or more before plastic wrap and aluminum foil brought down wax paper as the king of wrap.
But wax paper found a new use. Infused with food-safe paraffin and coated on both sides, wax paper doesn’t absorb heat, making it perfect for use in the microwave.
Did you know that you can cook single ears of corn wrapped in wax paper in the microwave? Remove the husks, roll the corn in a square of wax paper, and twist the ends. Place in the microwave and cook for two minutes or a little longer. Instant corn on the cob! I’ve been cooking corn this way a lot this summer.
Wax paper may be around a while longer, since we still have use for it. But something that will never be obsolete is God’s Word. In Jeremiah 6:16, God says, “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls” (ESV).
We’ll never have to look for a new use for God’s Word. “The ancient paths, where the good way is,” are the paths we can walk every day.
Diane Stortz writes best-selling books for children and adults. Her newest book is Encountering God’s Heart for You: 365 Devotions from Genesis to Revelation. Diane and her husband have two married daughters and five young grandchildren—all boys! www.DianeStortz.com