th (1)Do you call the evening meal supper or dinner? According to a poll taken by the women of Wesley United Methodist Church, supper is the more common term for the evening meal.  God backs them up.  The word supper is used in the Bible more frequently than dinner.

However you say it, the evening meal is typically the time when families relax, gather together, and share about their days. My favorite part of the meal has always been dessert.  I have a huge sweet tooth.  I loved it when my mom would make chocolate chip cookies.  They’re the best, especially hot out of the oven. I would savor every morsel of them.

It was only when I got older and started helping my mother make the chocolate chip cookies that I learned what went into them. Flour, salt, baking soda, butter, none of that sounded appetizing to me.  I don’t know about you, but the thought of taking a bite of a stick of butter or downing a cup of flour or a tablespoon full of baking soda isn’t enticing.  No, thank you.  I think it would taste nasty; however, those items are necessary to make chocolate chip cookies, which are delicious.

We face the same thing in our lives.  We love job promotions, weddings, and the birth of babies.  We could do without illness, job lay offs, and broken hearts.  God never causes horrible things to happen in our lives; however, He knows we live in a fallen world [John 16:33]. While He doesn’t cause them to happen, He doesn’t waste them [John 6:12].  We all have things added to our lives we don’t see as appealing, in fact, we would prefer not to experience them. However, God has great plans for us [Jeremiah 29:11]. And we can trust God will work all things together for good when we place our trust in Him [Romans 8:28].

What part of the recipe of life are you experiencing now? Chocolate chips? Or is it the flour? Rest assured, God is the one who holds the spoon.  He will mix all things together and create something wonderful.