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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Experiment (02/16/12)

TITLE: The Crummy Yummy Experiment
By annie keys
02/21/12


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My daughter and I were baking a cake to take to a church fellowship dinner. We’d baked a sheet cake and decided to turn it out onto a flat board and ice it prettily. To our horror, when I went to dump the cake from the pan, it fell out in pieces!

The cake hadn’t fallen out of the pan in just a few pieces that could have been held together with a spoonful of icing and no harm done. The cake lay across the counter top like a firecracker had gone off in the pan! In despair, we scooped the “crummies” into a big bowl and set it aside. There was no time to bake another cake, we had no choice but to stop and buy a store bought cake on the way to church.

Disappointed, but in agreement as to our only option, my daughter reached into the bowl of crumbs and popped a handful of cake crumbly munchies into her mouth. She said, “Wow, Mama, it’s too bad it fell apart because that is a really good cake.” Tasting the cake myself, I agreed; then, with sudden inspiration, I grabbed a decorative glass bowl out of the china cabinet.

Opening the pantry door, I told my daughter that the only problem the cake had was that it had been torn up. Selecting a can of cherry pie filling and a box of vanilla pudding from the pantry, we began the experiment process. Continuing my inspiration, my daughter went to the fridge and returned with a carton of whipping cream. All the ingredients for our project before us, we began our food experiment; also known as, dessert damage control.

We whipped the cream, made the pudding and opened the can of cherry filling. Layering the ingredients in the glass bowl we created an elegant layered dessert that would be absolutely delicious! There was no hint remaining that this tasty and lovely dessert was ever intended to be anything but what it was now. What began as a cake disaster had turned out to be a fabulous dessert.

My daughter wiggled her eyebrows, threw back her head and cackled, “Muhahahahahaa! The experiment is a success; the crazy cake scientists saved the day!” Giggling we sealed the delightful dessert into the glass serving dish with a stretch of plastic wrap and headed for the church fellowship hall. What could have been defeat had turned into a victory.

God does the same thing for me when my life gets messed up. Stuff happens. Sometimes I cause my own “mess,” sometimes circumstances I have no control over can make a mess of my life. Other times, I get hurt simply because somebody else pulled me into “their” mess. Regardless of how I get broken, it hurts. Experience has taught me that if I don’t deal with the brokenness, I can become depressed, angry and even bitter.

God’s plan for our life is success. Throughout History, God has taken broken lives and made them into beautiful testimonies of his intervention. No matter how badly broken your life is; if you let him, God will make it work for his good and yours. The next time you find yourself in a crummy, broken mess, instead of being angry, engage in an experiment. Take a deep breath, step back, hand the broken crumbs of your life to God and say, “You, my Lord, can fix this; show me what you want me to do.” It will be an experiment that will end for your good, I promise.

(word count 620; non-fiction)


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Allen Povenmire 02/23/12
What a neat article. By the time I was halfway through, my appetite was peaking...loved the analogy of the what God can do with what we perceive is a worthless mess. Well done.
CD Swanson 02/23/12
Oh I really loved this entry. Excellent job...well written and filled with beautiful messages throughout. I loved this last line:
“You, my Lord, can fix this; show me what you want me to do.” It will be an experiment that will end for your good, I promise."

Thank you for this entry.
God Bless you~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/24/12
This is a great devotion. I enjoyed the true life experience and how you turned it into a wonderful spiritual message.
Leola Ogle 02/25/12
This story is soooo something I would do! I hate to waste or throw good food away, so make it into something delectable. My daughter Heather takes crumbled cake and makes lolli-cakes, very vogue now and she sells bouquets of lolli-cakes for special events. Thanks for this fun, well written story! God bless!
Danielle King 02/26/12
CRUMBS! What an interesting and tasty analogy. Well done!
Cynthia Carter02/26/12
This was good. Now my sweet tooth is calling.
Hiram Claudio02/28/12
Such tremendous wisdom in this powerful message. I also like the teamwork and interaction between the MC and her daughter. It felt warm and like home. A wonderfully written piece!
Noel Mitaxa 03/01/12
Love the fact that your creativity and sense of fun did not 'dessert' you when you discovered you'd msde such a serious miscake.
Hiram Claudio03/01/12
Congratulations on the "Highly Commended" recognition!
CD Swanson 03/01/12
Congratulations Annie on your placement! Great job.

God bless~
Leola Ogle 03/01/12
Yay Annie! Good job! Congrats! God bless!
Nancy Bucca 03/01/12
Congratulations on your highly commended! This is a beautiful piece, wonderfully yummy, and not at all crummy.