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Topic: Cooking or Baking (01/04/07)
TITLE: God Bake Me a Chocolate Cake
By Grace Namwandi
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As soon as the cake mixture was inserted into the oven, I could do nothing but wait. The situation was out of my control. I did the best I could. Forty minutes later, I took it out. It was a success.
I baked three cakes all in all between Christmas and New Year. I used the same ingredients and three times went throught the same process of beating the eggs, sifting the flour, mixing the ingredients and then finally waiting for them to bake. Three times I did exactly the same thing. All those cakes were supposed to look, feel and taste exactly the same way, but that was not the case. Each of them were different in shape, taste and colour. One came out nice and round and pretty and delicious, the next came out rather crooked but still tasty and the next flopped. It came out as flat as a pancake and tasted horrible. Yes, same ingredients, same amount, same preparation process, same baking time and yet each came out with a character of its own. It's funny really.
It reminded me of many a time when we have dreams and wishes. We plan everything to detail, we know the place, the day, the hour. We have left nothing out. The calender has been marked, little yellow notes plastered all over the table, calls made. We have done all that we could. We often forget that no matter how well we plan, how deeply we desire something, how good we prepare, God has the last word. After mixing all the ingredients, God is the only one who has control over the dream in the oven. We have done our part and he does the rest. He is able to control the rising of the cake, control the temperature inside, smooth the surface and does everything needed in order to make it a success. Sometimes God makes changes. One of my cakes came out really crooked. It was still delicious and the colour was right. It was not a failure. Sometimes God changes our dreams a bit and often for the better and sometimes our dreams are not realized, our cake comes out a flop. It's alright. It was not meant to be. God has a better idea or the times is just not right.
All we have to do is our part and he'll take care of the rest. That's just the way it is, once we hand the plan, dream or desire over to God, we can do nothing but wait with faith to see how it comes out of God's oven.
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