Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cooking it up


A few days ago (okay, probably close to a week now) I made chocolate chip cookies. If I do say so myself, they turned out pretty good. They were the perfect blend of sugary cookie goodness and milk chocolate chips. Add to it a tall glass of frothy milk... MMMMMMmmmMMM!

So, I made 3 batches of cookies... but we were leaving to go to my sister's house, so I put the remaining dough in the fridge to finish cooking the next day-- about one dozen worth.

Well, the next few days didn't turn out as planned. I was busier than I'd originally thought I would be, and the cookies did not get made.

Tonight, my eldest daughter asked if I could make the rest of them. I told her maybe... but knew that I needed to make them now before they went bad.

Into the oven they went, and a few minutes later, the wonderful aroma of cookies baking filled my house. MMMMmmmMM!

The timer went off, I opened the oven door and my hopes plummeted. Instead of the beautifully rounded cookies that make you want to devour the whole batch in a gulp, I had lumps of dough that were brown on the bottom and gooey on the top. They did NOT look appetizing. I'd let them sit too long, and now they were no longer able to produce the mouth-watering look they once had.

Conversely, at Christmas time, I make my chocolate-sugar-covered-caramel-cookies as an annual tradition. These particular cookies though take a wee bit of time. You can't just stir up the dough, make little balls, and pop them into the oven.

No, after making the dough, you have to let them refrigerate for a minimum of 3 hours, otherwise you have the most gooey mess you've ever seen trying to get the caramel in the middle, and your outcome would not be pleasing (i.e. caramel would goo out everywhere)

Moral of the story: Everything has it's perfect timing. Sometimes you have to wait for the right timing. Other times, if you wait too long, you'll miss your opportunity for greatness. Oh, and other times, you should be on a diet and just not make cookies in the first place. *ahem*

To quote the Bible... Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 (NAS):

"There is an appointed time for everything, and there is a time for every event under heaven-- A time to give birth, and a time to die. A time to plant, and a time to uproot what is planted. A time to kill, and a time to heal. A time to tear down, and a time to build up. A time to weep, and a time to laugh. A time to mourn, and a time to dance. A time to throw stones, and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace, and a time to shun embracing. A time to search, and a time to give up as lost. A time to keep, and a time to throw away. A time to tear apart, and a time to sew together. A time to be silent, and a time to speak. A time to love, and a time to hate. A time for war, and a time for peace."

So... follow the directions. For us Christians, that would be the Bible and God's leading.

Discussion: Anyone else struggle with trying to make your timing, God's timing? Please tell me I'm not the only one! And I stress, it goes both ways. Sometimes I hold off because of fear... when God is calling me forward. (Think Israelites and the promised land.... Seriously, I do NOT want to wander for 40 years, y'all!)

18 comments:

sherrinda said...

YES! I know that feeling! Sometimes God is pulling me along and I am balking. Other times He is wanting me to wait and I am straining to run ahead. I feel like the past couple of years, God is teaching me to rest in Him. There have been so many things that I've had to give over to God and really trust in His timing. He is so good. He is so faithful. His timing is perfect.

Jody Hedlund said...

Great analogy, Krista! Okay, not only is my stomach growling for some gooey chocolate chip cookies, I'm wanting some of your carmel ones now too. Thanks a lot! ;-)

But you're so right. God's timing is so NOT ours. And I think that the more sensitive we are to his voice, the more we can get the batch of cookies in the oven on time.

Tamika: said...

I can relate Krista, and roaming 40 years is not an option for me. I will not be that foolish- please Jesus!

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

Beth Moore once wrote something along the lines of...Anything we try to manipulate to get is not to be ours. It made sense at the time.

Hurt me with those pictures. I've been craving all things chocolate lately.
~ Wendy

T. Anne said...

It must be that time of year because I've been inundating the Lord with heavy prayer over this very topic. Lord help us both understand your timing. (Krista and I lol. not the Lord and I ;)

destrella said...

His timing is so important. He can see the BIG picture and what is ultimately best for us. :O)

Natalie said...

YES! Sometimes it's so hard to wait, but "good things come to those who wait." :)

Karen Lange said...

So true! Who knew such a great lesson could be found in choc chip cookies:)

Erica Vetsch said...

I'm always rushing my fences. Rarely is God pushing me to do somthing, but quite often He's pulling me back from being impulsive.

I want a cookie now!

Patti Lacy said...

Our Esther Beth Moore Bible study covered this LAST NIGHT!!! Remember how Esther didn't ask the king to grant her request until after the second banquet?

Oh, WHY is it so hard to wait????
I would've asked for Haman's head on a platter when that Sceptor was extended--and probably had a resentful, angry husband...

God, help ME to hear Your voice explaining Your perfect timing.

BTW, haven't you found the publishing world to be run by the motto, "Hurry up and wait?"

LOL.
Patti
www.pattilacy.com/blog

P.S. love chatting blog style!

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Oh, Krista, 40 years of wandering in this writing endeavor would not be good if I were hoping the whole time to get published. So, instead, I'm going with 40 years of writing for Him, what He does with it is His concern, I'm not making it mine. So very freeing that way!

Susan R. Mills said...

You are definitely not the only one. I fight against God's timing often. I'm actually struggling with that right now.

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Yes! What a great analogy! Thanks for sharing it! God's timing is perfect!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Ooo, chocolate chip cookies! I want some.

One thing I learned early on about dessert: it's at the end of the meal for a reason. After downing confections, everything else tastes bland.

Sometimes I want to have my book published now. If I got my wish, my craft would suffer. The excitement of learning without the goal is not quite the same.

God knows what He's doing.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Katie Ganshert said...

Oh goodness, YES! I struggle with that ALL the time. You most definitely are NOT alone, chica.

Umm...can I have a cookie now?

Jessica said...

Excellent analogy Krista! I know. I want so much, and I want it NOW, but if it's not in God's hands, then I know it'll be messed up. Gotta work on my cooperating skills. LOL

Mmm, I can smell those cookies. Your christmas ones sound AMAZING!

JenT said...

Great post!
I tend to avoid the cookies that you have to refrigerate. Unless, I'm doing them for something special. I want the ones that you mix, bake, and eat!
Good analogy, too. I usually want to charge ahead of God. I struggle with waiting. :)
I guess my cookie baking is sort of a reflection of my spiritual life. lol Who would have thought?

Cassandra Frear said...

Ecclesiastes relates a time for ____ and a time for _____ . Which one is happening right now? How can I tell?

I've realized I struggle when I don't know what time I am in, what this time is for.