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Taste the Cake God Is Baking in Your Life

March 1, 2008
By The Rev. Dr. Ellis Conley, Pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Elkins
Everyday on his way home from elementary school, a little boy would stop by to see his grandma.

One day just as soon as he “crashed” through the back door, he began to tell his grandma how “everything” was going wrong in his life. School was bad, his teacher was mean, his family didn’t love him, he had a runny nose, his arm hurt, he had chores to do that he hated, there was too much homework, the milk at lunch was not cold, he missed six words on the spelling test, there was mud on the playground and he fell and got his pants dirty. The list went on and on.

Meanwhile, grandma is baking a cake. She asks her grandson if he would like a snack, which of course he does.

“Here, have some cooking oil.”

“Yuck,” says the boy.

“How about a couple of raw eggs?”

“Gross, grandma!”

“Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?”

“Grandma, those are all yucky!”

The wise grandmother replies, “Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake! God works the same way. Many times we wonder why he would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when he puts these things all in his order, they always work for good! We just have to trust him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!”

Another wise Grandma said, “God is crazy about you. If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If God had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning. Whenever you want to talk, he’ll listen. He can live anywhere in the universe, and he chose your heart. What about that Christmas gift he sent you in Bethlehem; not to mention that Friday at Calvary. Face it, he’s crazy about you.”

Every beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. Sometimes it seems like all we get in life is cooking oil, raw eggs, flour and baking soda. May God grant us the heart and eyes of faith to see taste the “cake” that God is baking in our lives.



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