I love to bake with my children. It’s fun to just hang out and make something together. One of their favorite things to make is cookies—of course! I remember when they were very young, and the batter was too hard for them to stir on their own, they would grab the spoon with me and we would do it together. The sheer joy of working together, and their feeling of accomplishment as our joint efforts made the ingredients mix, was priceless. Often that time together led to precious conversations, as the boys would tell their thoughts to me and ask questions about things they didn’t understand.
I want to look at life as one long session in the kitchen with God, making cookies together. Prayer is us enjoying the time together and sharing our thoughts about small things and big things. Our hands are on the big spoon together because much that life brings my way is just too hard for me to handle alone. We stir everything together, delighting in working together, delighting in taking nibbles of the dough, delighting in the thought of what our efforts will yield—and NEVER ONCE worrying about how much flour is on my apron, the counter and the floor, or how many dirty dishes we’re making. The mess is part of the journey.
I read a Chinese proverb recently that said you can’t have a beautiful life without making some beautiful mistakes along the way. I’m so thankful that God’s love for me doesn’t waver because of my mistakes—beautiful or otherwise. I’m so thankful that He will bring beauty from the ashes of my life. I wouldn’t want to handle life’s ingredients alone. I would never consider eating flour, raw eggs, baking soda, a cup of oil or even a cup of sugar alone. Yuck! Yet, mix them all together and Yummy!
Lord, help me to commit every ingredient of my life into your abundantly able hands and then willingly hold the spoon with you, fully trusting that you will make something amazing—something delicious— from it all. Thank you that you promise it will be “immeasurably more than all [I] ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20), that “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived” what you have prepared for me, because I love you (1 Corinthians 2:9).
My apron is on! My heart is willing! Let’s get baking! And may all the glory for anything of worth in my life go to you, sweet Jesus!
-Penny J. Hood