Preparing for Pesach included a lot of challenges that are complicated by our "gypsy" lifestyle. The biggest challenge was in our desire to have lamb as part of the meal. FATHER YHVH has given us some very specific instructions about the lamb (or goat) that are definately beyond our abilities as we live outside the Land and don't have a working Temple or functioning priesthood. Despite the challenges, it was still in our hearts to have some lamb as a part of our meal.
Our search for lamb (or goat) brought us to a new meat market on the outskirts of Colquitt, GA. Our request raised a couple of eyebrows, but for a PRICE, of course, it was doable (or so they thought). After lots of phone calls, we were told that a 26 lb. lamb shank, butterflied (?) was available. The price was a little high for our budget, and the size was way beyond our expected number of participants, but this seemed to be our only option to have lamb so we said, "yes" and the order was put in to action.
I spent the next few days working on the rest of the preparations while the question remained as to how many participants would there be and how in the world was I going to cook this 26 lb. lamb shank. Needless to say, my prayer time was clearly focused on this subject.
All of this was complicated by the fact that we were hitting the road the very next morning on a very long journey so I was clearly identifying strongly with the Israelites as they prepared to leave Egypt. We were working on all of this in the midst of doing a major performance for the Mayhaw Festival and our closing shows at the resort. Talk about a full schedule!
Meanwhile, the "lamb drama" continued outside of our awareness as the meat market did not receive the agreed upon "butterflied" 26 lb. lamb shank from the supplier. Instead they received some "steaks" and since they had some idea as to what we wanted, they sent them back. The supplier then sent them two 8.5 lb boneless lamb shank roasts.
When we arrived on Saturday to pick up our lamb, the man at the counter plunked a plastic bag on the counter with two big hunks of plastic wrapped meat inside. He was trying to make a hasty explanation concerning the matter, but it only added to my confusion. I looked inside the bag and asked, "What is this?" It took a while to fully understand all of it, but in the end, we bought one of the 8.5 lb. roasts and had more than enough lamb for all 10 of us to have plenty to eat.