Addy and I made brownies one evening this week. I had a sweet tooth craving and she didn’t feel like going to bed on time, therefore baking brownies together seemed like a logical solution. Those sweet times are fewer and farther between these days, as she is wanting more and more time with her friends and less and less time with me. But I digress.
After carefully cracking the eggs into the bowl containing the brownie mix (did I mention it was lazy brownies from a box?) Addy started the hand mixer. After everything was sufficiently combined I poured the batter into the pan. That’s when Addy asked to lick the beaters. And I told her no.
She was so disappointed. I mean, what is the point of baking brownies with your mom if you can’t even lick the beaters right!? I told her she couldn’t lick the beaters because I knew I was going to give her the whole bowl to lick. She didn’t know that was going to happen, but she trusted me when I said no. Granted, she wasn’t happy, but there wasn’t a big meltdown either.
So often in our lives we ask God for the beaters and he says “no”. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) This isn’t a promise of prosperity, but it is a statement that we can trust in God no matter what. God knows us. He knows the greatness and the goodness that He has in store for us. When we miss out on the beaters, sometimes it is so we can lick the bowl.
If you’re at a “no beaters” point in your life, be encouraged today. God sees you, he loves you and He is going to grow you to be more like Christ with each day and every circumstance. Hold strong in your faith; God is worthy of your trust, love and faithfulness. The bowl is worth the wait.
James 5:10-11 – As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
Psalm 8:3-4 – When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Romans 5:2-5 – Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.