No one in their right mind would go to a restaurant and ask for a bowl of flour, sugar, salt, vinegar, shortening, cocoa, eggs, milk, bicarbonate of soda, and vanilla…with a side of powdered sugar, more cocoa, butter and milk!
Who on earth raided the kitchen pantry and decided to mix this stuff in the first place? “Ooh! What a gooey mess I have; whatever will I do with this mess? I know, I’ll bake it!”
I’m not sure I want to explore their thought processes!
On the other hand, I’m glad they did. by itself, none of these ingredients is very appealing, but combined and baked, we have a sumptuous frosted chocolate cake!
Life is like that. There are many components to our lives that are unappetizing when viewed separate from the rest…and before the timer goes off on our lives.
The finished product?
A sweet savor unto the Lord, and the aroma of Christ to others!
Current circumstances for me are like the vinegar and sugar bit of the concoction that make up my life.
The vinegar part is the grief of death. It stinks. It’s bitter.
This assignment from the Lord opened wounds not yet healed from my mom’s passing…the vacant look in her eyes most of the time; the difficulty in moving her from place to place, feeding and caring for her personal needs because she was no longer able to do that for herself.
…and now, her absence.
At the same time, there was also some sugar. Sweet moments that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
My friend was (and still is, by the way!) a sweet, patient, gracious, and peaceful woman of God. In many ways, the last couple of months have been like caring for my own mom – who has been in heaven these last eight years. They were much the same in appearance and demeanor, and close to the same age.
She and I talked about heaven, about everyone she would see again, and what it might be like.
I probably spoiled the surprise, but I wondered if her husband – part of a quartet at their church and now in heaven – would call together two of the other members with him there to sing her a “Welcome Home” song. Of course, Jesus would fill in for the tenor who’s still here on earth! I wouldn’t be surprised!
It was a joy to care for my friend, and do the things that I’d been unable to do for my own mom. What a gift the Lord gave me in this opportunity.
Now that these ingredients have been added to my life, the finished confection will have a flavor that differs from what it would have been just a couple of months ago.
One blessing I received from this assignment is a new perspective on how I view my life.
It is one I want to share with you.
No longer do I want to look at the individual “ingredients” that are part of my makeup – separate events in my life – but rather to keep my eyes on the Baker, and trust that He knows what He is doing.
Much like a cake, our individual components will all be “worked together for good to those that love God”! Leave anything out, and the finished result would be very different.
The “flour” bit – when I felt like I was being ground into powder…very necessary!
The “sugar” bits offer the hope of a “sweet” outcome.
Vinegar? Who puts vinegar into a cake – or a life, for that matter? Yet this, along with the soda, cause me to rise above my enemies.
There have been some greasy, shortening bits as well, and added texture to my otherwise flat existence.
You get the idea. As I said earlier, there’s nothing appealing in the individual ingredients…
…but when I am presented before the Lord, I will be a glorious masterpiece of His creation!
So will you!
May the Lord bless you, keep you, make His face to shine upon you, and give you peace. 🙂
Love in Christ –
Praising Jesus for His good plan for us!