One of the ladies in my bible study shared a wonderful analogy with us a couple of weeks ago, and as I was baking Will’s birthday cake I realized it was the perfect little opportunity to share it with you, illustrated and all.
Let’s say that each one of us is made up of ingredients like flour, salt, baking soda, eggs.
On their own, these ingredients are not particularly tasty. Flour is the foundation of the recipe. Eggs, salt, leavening. These are like some of the difficult or challenging seasons we have been through in our lives. They flavor the recipe and hold it together. There is also sugar, butter and vanilla. These could be like some of the sweeter times or influences from good people in our lives. But, still, not really delicious all by themselves. (except butter…but, let’s not go there, Paula Deen)
Once these ingredients find themselves in the hands of a master, they are mixed together in proper proportion and then put in the oven. Each recipe has a different temperature and time that allow for the ingredients to come together and form a finished product.
A delicious cookie, or in this case, a cookie cake. But, it doesn’t end there, because who doesn’t love a little frosting? (in this case, the most delicious buttercream ever, trust me – I am not a frosting fan, but this is some seriously yummy stuff, and worth interrupting my riveting cookie analogy to tell you to try it, please!!!)
Now, most of us do not picture ourselves as car and train cakes, but that is what my little man requested, and I could not deny him, even for a prettier illustration.
God can take our ingredients, different for each one of us but perfect for our own individual recipes, and create masterpieces that bear the mark of their Master. It’s not easy getting baked, sometimes we want to jump out of the oven before we are done, but that would just make us an undercooked mess. Wait it out, the chef knows exactly what he is doing!
“Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)