Thursday, September 7, 2017

"Inverted"





Some days, I should probably just stay out of the kitchen completely.

Some days, I’m clumsy. I pour in a wrong ingredient or miss one, entirely. I misread one of my own recipes OR, like yesterday…I spend ALL DAY working on a new recipe for cinnamon rolls. However, when I “invert” the whole pan of fresh and fluffy, hot and sticky darlings onto a larger baking pan, I leave said pan on the counter (because I’m distracted by the hurricane action on the news), therefore INVERTING about 4 of my delicious cinnamon rolls directly onto the floor before I realize what I’m doing! Uggh!!! The sheer injustice! They may not look it, but these are amazingly delicious…even if they are pieced together, LOL.


All I could do was stand there and laugh – I could totally relate as I gathered up bits and pieces of my hard work before the dogs could find it!

I’ve had many such days lately where I feel pieced together; a little haphazard and not quite up to the task. Sort of like finding out at the end of the day that I’ve been wearing my shirt inside out or that I’ve had a dryer sheet stuck to my pant leg after a full day of shopping. :/ When we’re clumsy or maybe those days when we’re a little more human than most, we definitely need a lot more Jesus to complete us.

In my weakness and in my brokenness, it’s the peace and grace of God that connects all the broken parts; makes sense of the missing pieces to create the full and finished product.

“…and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
    instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair.”
(Isaiah 61:3)


It’s only God’s grace that allows us to pick up the pieces of our good intentions when they lie scattered at our feet. There are those moments when we’re to overlook the missing parts and make sense of what we can patch up in an attempt to turn the unrecognizable into something more pleasing, but we could never do this ourselves. It takes the God of all to do that. I need more of Jesus EVERYday...especially in the kitchen!

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
(John 15:5)


Drop by my Joyful Kitchen for the complete recipe and directions for making these delicious cinnamon rolls.


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