She’d only been a pastry chef for a short time, but an opportunity of a lifetime arose. The city council asked her to bake a cake for the retirement party of the county sheriff. Hundreds of people would be attending, and the cake would be the grand finale. She couldn’t pass this up. This could be the big break she’d hoped for.
At the request of the council, a candy bar cake would be the dessert of choice. She’d never made one before, but it couldn’t be that hard. She scrounged up a recipe that seemed to be exactly what they requested. Since other desserts were being provided as well, only one cake was needed for the head table.
She was confident in her ability, but time was against her. She’d had a late start that morning and new she was going to be cutting it close. The ingredients were laid out before her. The butter, Milky Way bars, baking soda, buttermilk, all neatly organized on the counter. The recipe called for the candy bars to be melted completely, but she didn’t have time for that. They were still partly solid before she moved on to the next step.
The second hand on the clock continued to tick. She still had time. But the recipe seemed so long. Skipping some steps couldn’t hurt.
The flour, sugar, and buttermilk were to be gradually mixed together at a slow speed. That didn’t seem necessary. She mixed it all together at once on high. Instead of baking for 30 minutes, 25 minutes seemed sufficient. She finished early and beamed at her creation. The frosting glistened, the beautiful final touch.
The big day came, and she carried in her cake, head held high, chest puffed out. She set it down in front of the sheriff, his wife, and the other VIPs. She took out her silver plated cake knife and served the man a large luscious slice. His eyes gleamed as he stared at the chocolate dessert.
But one bite and the gleam disappeared. A forced smile crossed his face as he slowly chewed. Every eye was on the man anticipating his reaction.
“It’s good,” he choked. Her heart sank. A knot formed in her throat refusing her ability to swallow. He was struggling even more.Nervous glances were exchanged among the guests as his nodding became more exaggerated. He forced it down and whispered to his wife.
She stood and pointed to the dessert table across the room. “Dig in, everybody!”
The room closed in around the mortified chef. Her head hung low. Her chest deflated. Her big break just shattered before her. Dark glares hit her from all directions from the councilmen. Her one chance. Her big moment. Flubbed by skipped steps.
We as believers in Christ have been given a recipe for success. Being in the Lord’s will is the goal of most Christians. But we often wonder what it is.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Three key ingredients! Trust, humility, and submission. But in our arrogance, ignorance, or just plain rebellion, we skip steps. We trust only in areas out of our control. Or we submit only half of our lives. So many ways to avoid complete obedience.
And then we wonder why we are struggling with consequences. We don’t understand why we can’t see the Lord blessing us. The peace and joy promised to us is missing in action.
The author of the cake recipe gave the chef the proper ingredients and instructions. If followed, she is promised a beautiful and delicious dessert. The author of the Scriptures has given us the ingredients and instructions for a blessed and fulfilled life. But we must do our part.
Follow the instructions!!
And as an added bonus, here’s that recipe. http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/heavenly-candy-bar-cake-10000000701073/