Baking with a two year old and a three year old is quite a challenge. Everything must be tasted and tested before it goes into the mixing bowl. It is impossible to try and explain the scientific process that needs to happen in the oven while it cooks. They want immediate results with every step.
So I let them.
I let them taste the flour and my gaze is met with their screwed up faces as they try and chew the gluey sticky mess in their mouths. They then want to taste the cocoa which is even less of a success than the flour. The sugar goes down well, only to be followed by a baking powder disaster.
Yet as the last ingredient gets thrown in the bowl and it all gets mixed together, there is suddenly a delicious delight in licking the bowl. And much later when the cake is taken out the oven, cooled and iced there follows even more delight in eating something truly marvelous.
I am no different to a toddler in this baking game of life. I get thrown an event like flour, and I screw up my face as I taste it. I throw myself into something else and it isn’t quite what I had in mind. But there is a master chef who holds the recipe and He understands all of life’s events and how they are going to work together for good.
1 Corinthians 13 vs 12
“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
So the next time I find myself in a situation that reminds me of trying to chew flour, I need only to remind myself that add a few more ingredients and there will be a delicious chocolate cake if I only trust in Him who has the recipe of life.