I’m not sure exactly when I first learned to cook and bake. However, I do remember it was at some point in elementary school. I had the best oatmeal cookie recipe when I was in grade 3. I won a cupcake baking contest in grade 4. I could cook a full chicken dinner in grade nine. You get the idea 😉 Sometimes, I’ve screwed up a recipe, like the year my scalloped potatoes didn’t cook fast enough for Easter dinner with both sides of our family present. (I had to put them in a pot on the stove and they were more like lumpy mashed potatoes with a bit of burnt taste than the scalloped potatoes I had envisioned). Or when I am bbq’ing and get distracted. Thus, those delicious steaks become overly crispy (lol). Or, my first attempt at shortbread cookies, when I put in too much butter and over cooked them into a sloppy greasy mess!
But over time, I can say that a few of the recipes I use have been perfected. Cinnamon rolls, for example. I have had strangers ask for my recipe. Other students in my son’s class ask him to bring them to school. My daycare kids can’t get enough and their parents love them. Home baked chocolate chip cookies pretty much have the same following as my cinnamon rolls 😉 Spaghetti sauce with homemade noodles….lasagna…..bbq country ribs … the list of what does work goes on and on.
Yep, I’ve had lots of practice but I have made plenty of mistakes too. But with each mistake, I learned something new. In turn, making my next attempt at the same recipe much better than the last.
This brings me to my point. Being a Christian is much like spending time learning how to cook and bake. We screw up. We work on getting it right the next time. And sometimes, after many attempts, we eventually get it right. Don’t get me wrong. I love Jesus with all my heart, soul, mind and strength but that doesn’t mean I don’t disappoint Him sometimes. Through His love for me though, I’ve learned patience, forgiveness, and love. I’ve learned to accept what is happening around me (and in me) but at the same time I’ve learned to give more of myself. Just like learning to bake.
I said after my first attempt to make shortbread cookies that I would never make them again. A few years later, I decided to give it one more try. That time (and every time since then) my shortbread cookies have been the “perfect melt in your mouth” cookie. Like the trial and error that we do each day, and in my case cooking and baking, I’m so glad that Jesus didn’t give up on me when I made mistakes and admittedly, was a mess on both the inside and out.
Instead, He gave me time to understand how I had fallen short of the mark that is in Him, allowing me to find my way back. In many ways, picking me up when I had fallen (yet again!) so that I had more strength the next time. At the end of the day, I might not be the perfect shortbread cookie….lol…but with the Lord’s help and guidance, I’m working on it 😉
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.”