I thought as I sat on the sofa last night, considering what I would bake, the treats to pack up for the dear ones on my list, the gifts that with my hands, I could bake.
It struck me so that so many recipes contained all the same ingredients, but the way they were put together, the one little added twist, was the one thing that made each one stand out, making it just perfect for someone on my list.
One recipe called for adding some nuts, another a spoonful of marmalade, more called for icing, rolled out shapes, or dropped from a spoon, and that one little thing, what a difference it made!
For when they are tasted, that is what makes the eyes widen, your mouth make a little 'O' of surprise, the delight of an unexpected taste or texture, that is what makes each one a prize.
It made me think of how I used to be, before Jesus came into my life, I had the ingredients, but I didn't know - the secret of putting them all together in a way that would give me that inside happy glow.
I would try this recipe, then that variation, thinking 'this time I've got it just right' - only to realize when my plans failed yet again, that I needed some help to get out of my plight.
My heart cried out, even though I said not a word, and Jesus was the only one close enough to hear, and He turned my face and my heart to Him, so I knew that my Savior was near.
He gathered up the ingredients that I had mixed up so wrong, and set them
aside, far from me, and then He brought out a brand new recipe, one that would make me all that I could be.
He mixed in His love and forgiveness into the batter, portions of faith, hope
and joy went in next to be stirred around; He sprinkled in dreams that He knew were in my heart, and unexpected blessings just waiting to be found.
Each day Jesus added in a new delight for me, a joy that only He could give, and He showed me a brand new way to make the most of every moment, that following Him was the only way to live.
I knew then that I'd met the Master, the one who transformed my life, and all along He was preparing the way for me to become your wife.
Such a long time passed by, I'd thought my dream was never to be, ah, but that was the exact right moment, for my greatest gift to be given to me.
God took my dream, the one only He knew about, and then He made it come true, for that was the day He added that one extra surprise - into my life He brought you!
That was the ingredient that brought wonder back into my life, fills my heart with bliss and love every day, for this was the one thing I'd longed for, the wish that I never dared to say. The love that we share is a joy every day, a discovery that every morning is brand new, and my greatest delight is to find a new little twist, a new thousand ways to say "Oh, how I love you!"
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