The cake was supposed to be perfect. I drew on inspiration from Rachel Ray to make a box taste like homemade and I chose my best bundt cake pan. I chopped strawberries, hoping they would turn ordinary chocolate into something outstanding. I worked tirelessly, knowing that I was under a deadline. I had to have the house clean, laundry done, cake baked and frosted, and dinner on the table by six so that we could be at Bible Study an hour later. There was no time for distractions. Then I made a cardinal mistake.
I thought for sure twenty minutes was plenty of time for a cake to cool enough to be transferred to a platter. I lifted the pan and shook, growing more frustrated as the seconds ticked by. This thing refused to budge and I didn’t have time to wait around. I gave it a final shove from the bottom and finally accepted the fact that the cake wasn’t going to move until it was good and ready. By then it was too late. I learned a hard lesson that day. Sometimes waiting is our only option. When we try to rush or force something to go our way, we just end up with a broken, crummy mess. Good thing God specializes in the cleanup.
Obviously we can’t compare a busted cake to a nation at war but work with me for a second. The prophet Habakkuk was bewildered, broken, and beside himself at the utter devastation he was witnessing. He asks, “How long shall I cry and you don’t hear?” God, why is this happening and what are you going to do about it?
In that moment he was having a legitimate conversation with God about the injustices he was seeing. “How are you going to fix this, God? There’s a severe mess here and I’m one guy! You’ve got to step up and take care of this!” I love how God responds to his plea…
You have to trust me.
“I see things you don’t see. Even if nothing makes sense to you, it all makes sense to me. When you can't explain what’s happening around you, when I ask you to do something that seems impossible just remember this..."
"Nothing is too difficult or beyond the scope of my reach. I see all, I know all, and I hold it all in the palm of my hand.”
I made a second cake and this time I gave it all the time it needed to cool. I understood that some things are simply beyond my control and the best thing I can do is surrender and let time and circumstance have their way. God will take care of the rest.
Waiting on Him,