Life Is Like Baking a Cake

6 Nov

Some of the funniest Cake Humor I’ve read is on Pinterest:

IEatCake_LOLwithGod“The only way I am eating healthy is if I write ‘HEALTHY’ on top of this cake with frosting.”

“If it’s got a candle stuck in it, the calories don’t count.”

“I just had an egg white omelet.  For flavor I added yolks, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, baking soda, flour and chocolate chips!”

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. May I suggest carrot cake?”

I recently saw a photo of a box of cake mix with a large dinner candle taped to the box. The caption?

“The Laziest Birthday Party ever!”

I read a thought-provoking statement about cakes in a book about trials and suffering (of all places). It was one of those statements that brings a fresh perspective.

In the book Refined: Finding Joy in the Midst of the Fire by Carol Burton McLeod (Bridge Logos, 2015), the author writes, “Life is a lot like baking a cake from scratch.” You can read the rest of her quote here:

LifeIsLikeBakingACake_LOLwithGodIt’s true. When a baker bakes, the ingredients—all laid out on the counter—aren’t always appetizing. Some ingredients might even be bitter and we would quickly spit them out (like pure vanilla or raw cocoa powder).

But the baker knows what the finished product will be like. Ingredients are skillfully blended and the result is a tasty treat!

Ever read Romans 8:28?

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

Sometimes we take Romans 8:28 as a blanket statement that God will work every single circumstance in our lives individually for good, but McLeod suggests, “the cumulative effect that God evokes does not take one thing at a time and work it for our good. … God causes all things to work together for good.”

God takes the bitter vanilla and cocoa circumstances in our lives and blends them with the sweet sugar of His blessings to create something incredibly good.

“God is well able to take what is perceived as bitter by itself and turn it into a revolutionary force in one’s life that transforms anyone into possessing the character of Jesus,” McLeod says.  And isn’t that God’s purpose for us? (See Romans 8:29.)

God’s good plan (to conform us to the image of His Son) “trumps the devastation of the enemy every single time,” she says.

Everything that comes into our lives is Father-filtered. It’s true! All of life is filtered through our Heavenly “Abba’s” love and goodness.

And He is a good God. His goodness is abundant, strong and steadfast (Psalm 31:19; Nahum 1:7; Jeremiah 33:11).

We see God’s good purposes in Joseph’s life. He endured so much at the hand of his brothers and while under others’ control—and no doubt wept many bitter tears—but Joseph testified later in life: “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good ….” (Genesis 50:20).

What are you going through today? Does it feel bitter? Unbearable? Are you tempted to blame God rather than embrace His goodness and praise and worship Him? 

Remember: Life is like baking a cake from scratch, and the Eternal “Baker” knows what He is doing.

– Dawn

Birthday Cake graphic adapted, Image courtesy of Ambro at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

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