One Thing I have desired of the LORD,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the LORD
All the days of my life,
To Behold the beauty of the LORD,
And to inquire in His temple. Psalm 27:4
Monday, November 19, 2012
The carmel literally EXPLODED as we made this cake together.
Poor Jackie!! It burned off skin off of his elbow! And then to make
matters worse...as we turned over his "Upside Down Cake" recipe after
cooling on the baking rack for a while. THIS is what happened.
noise of tears and wails of "NOW MY CAKE is UGLY....I have NOTHING to
bring..." Poor ole cake.
Sweet Jack need ed to give THANKS in this
moment. IKNOW, mean Mommy, right? NO. When things look there worst,
THAT is the ripe time for thanks.
We don't need to remind ourselves to
be thankful by listing a thousand things that are pleasant and beautiful
if we could learn to be thankful in the one UGLY thing in front of us.
SO... We picked up this homely ole cake. We tasted how sweet and yummy
it was and considered bringing it to the contest anyway. "BUT I won't
WIN, its not the prettiest!" tears welled back up... "BUT... I COULD
feed it to the family after dinner... They'd R
like it. It would be...a TREAT for them."
Head begins to lift. The ugly
cake is becoming a blessing.
"And you know, I did work REALLY hard on
it. It really is good....So lets save it for the family to enjoy."
(Thank you God, for this ugly cake.)
We set it down, take a photo, and
go on to other things. Hearts lighter.
Thanks IN things does that. EVERY time.
about an hour later...
I walk by Jack's cake and suddenly have an idea.
Apples! Sliced apples!
I can SEE them gracing the top of his choice to
be thankful and creating it into something really beautiful.
try something, Jack!" And we find apples and adorn our thanks cake with
slices of amber goodness and pecans. And it forms into something
"NOW you can enter it, Jack!" a brother mentions as
he walks by, "Good Job, it's looking great!" Jack turns the plate
around slowly, taking it all in.
"Yeah, but then I couldn't feed it to the
family and make them all happy."
"Well," I get to smile back. "Now
you'll have a CHOICE about who to make happy with your cake!"
And so it is
grace that was in disguise which now goes with my little Jack to school all
dressed in apples on a platter.
It was a gift to truly give thanks when
there was nothing in the hand, nothing for the eyes to see...
And then,to see
and give thanks....
Then, to get to give thanks when a heart's
desire came to pass.
the first thanks was the most powerful.
And JUST as yummy!! :))