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Baking the Cake by LaKisha M. Johnson

Dear Friend,

When I was a little girl I was so impatient, I wanted everything I wanted so quickly. If my mom or grandmother was baking a cake, I would stand in the kitchen and dance around or jump up and down until the cake was ready. Waiting seemed relentless (harsh). I was often like the commercial, “It’s my money and I want it now!”

When I started learning to bake, I began to understand the importance of waiting. You don’t ever want to rush anything that you are baking, as a matter of fact you want to take your time! Now, when I bake a pound cake I prepare for it early in the morning, as a matter of fact, I take my eggs out and let them get room temperature for my cake. This takes patience. I have taken my focus off immediate gratification. I’m no longer interested in just “eating” the cake, I’m really interested in the final outcome of the cake. I’ve found out it taste better when I take my time with it.

I wonder what Abraham and Sarah were thinking when they decided to rush God’s promise (see Genesis 16)? Sure God had promised them both a child in their old age, but He never gave them the timing. They grew impatient with the promise so they decided to rush the process. Committing what seems like high treason for me, they produced a baby Ishmael, with Haggar the maid. Although Abraham's seed, he still wasn’t connected to the promise. As a matter of fact it caused so many problems.

The first time I baked my own pound cake, I thought I could rush the process by turning up the oven and reducing the amount of cooking time. What I failed to realize was because of the ingredients in the pound cake I needed to bake it at a certain temperature and for a certain time. If rushed, it wouldn’t turn out right, and in that i found the truth. The cake was not done in the middle as a matter of fact it was ruined.

God has a perfect plan for us, based on His timing (see 2 Peter 3:8, Ecclesiastes 3:1 and Galatians 4:4)... if we patiently wait, it’s most likely that we won’t make as many mistakes or experience so much hardship. I remember the moments in my life in which I would rush God i would create my own messes and they would often end in calamity. If you want the pound cake, you have to trust the process.

I see God in Everything,


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