Because it's still my birthday month, let's talk about cake! So, you may not take this post seriously at first, but bare with me.
I'm sure everyone is familiar with the movie "What's Love Got to Do With It" and the infamous scene where Ike tries to force Tina to eat some cake at a diner. Well, last night I woke up with a thought on my mind that's actually pretty funny (in my mind), yet encouraging. You know how God sends us on varies journeys in order to prepare us for a breakthrough? Remember how I said that sometimes the calling is in the process and not so much the end result? Think of the end result as being the icing on the cake; therefore, the actual process is the cake itself. God doesn't want us to just eat the icing, He wants us to eat the entire thing. Have you ever notice that people get a piece of cake just for the icing because it's sweet? Sometimes we do the same thing with life. We try to rush or even skip over the process just to get to the end result.
So, here's the funny part. We are hardheaded and sometimes God has to take an "Ike initiative" and tell us to "EAT THE CAKE ANNA MAE!" I know its corny and in no way am I comparing God to Ike (that's the ultimate ticket to Hell haha). However, just think about that scene and recall how Tina was reluctant to eat that cake. God is not going to force the cake down our throats like the movie of course, but he wants us to partake in every bit of the process because it will make the icing taste so much sweeter!
Also, think about this. It takes multiple ingredients to make cake batter. Those ingredients taste horrible by themselves (imagine eating straight flour), but together they create a delicious batter. It's the same with life. God is adding all of these ingredients to the batter (our process) such as health issues, financial struggles, relationship strains, etc. A health scare isn't "tasty" by itself, but when you add up all of your trials, think about how God brought you through them all. Now that's the "delicious" part!
Well, that was my corny story of the day! Bottom line is, partake in every bit of the process; the good, the bad, and the ugly. Take the time to think about all of the trails that you've faced and ask God, "what do you want me to learn from this?" Each ingredient that God is and has added to your "cake" is there for a reason. It's up to us to savor it all until we get to that sweet, sweet icing!
Whenever you feel down this week, say to yourself, "EAT THE CAKE ANNA MAE!" :)