Thursday, September 07, 2006

Do You Ever Wonder?

Sometimes I wonder, "What did I do to deserve this?", "Why did God have to do this to me?", "Why would God allow this terrible thing to happen?" or "What shall I do with this unexpected blessing?" Or my favorite: "What good can possibly come from this mess I've made?"

Here is a wonderful explanation to these and other questions you may have about God's choices in our lives.

A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is going wrong: she's failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is moving away.

Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter says, "Absolutely Mom, I love your cake."

"Here, have some cooking oil," her Mother offers.

"Yuck" says her daughter.

"How about a couple raw eggs?"

"Gross, Mom!"

"Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?"

"Mom, those are all yucky!"

To which the mother 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."

Too often we are looking at the ingredients instead of the end results.

O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgements and how inscrutable his ways! "For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?

I don't know about you, but I'm going to hold my thoughts and start holding out for the "cake"... and I know it's going to be topped with something sweeter than the cake itself.

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