No one can ever label me as “Betty Crocker.” Most dishes I prepare are very simple and no fuss. Even my mom, who was an excellent cook, decided my culinary skills were lacking. We won’t even discuss my artistic ability, my mind for math, or my successful sewing feats. Nope, just not going there.
Well, I decided the other day to make homemade chocolate chip pumpkin bread. Yes ladies, I know it is August and pumpkin season has not arrived. However, when your six-year-old grandson pleads, “Vivi, will you make your chocolate chip pumpkin bread for me,” you step up to the plate.
I purchased my ingredients only to get home from the store to discover my eggs were still at the store. I rushed back to town, gathered the eggs, and raced home. By now, I am frazzled.
I doubled check to make sure the ingredients were on the counter and proceeded to mix the sweet-smelling bread. As I am pouring the mixture in the pans, I noticed the mixture was a little off. I was not worried. It had been a year since I made pumpkin bread. As I went to open the oven, I spied my can of pumpkin . . .UNOPENED on the counter. I dumped the loaf pan contents back into the mixing bowl and ADDED the pumpkin. Ah, there was the perfectly smooth mixture I remembered. The pumpkin bread batter poured evenly into the prepared baking pans and a sweet pumpkin spice smell filled my home.
Ladies, have you ever done “all the right things” for the Lord but left out the most important ingredient-THE LORD? Did your “right thing” turn out to be God’s plan? Did the “right thing” go smoothly without the Lord?
If you are like me, I often focus on my “right thing” and check off the box. I tend to go in head- strong on a project that I believe is the “right thing” without consulting with the Lord. The result is a sticky mess that I must correct. However, once I put the Lord into the mix, things run smoothly. I know that I need to have all the right ingredients for my day to run well or my project to go smoothly. With the right ingredient-the Lord-our life will be a sweet-smelling aroma to the Lord.