“Oh, no. Now what?” I mumble to myself, my arm tiring from creaming together the ingredients that I thought were right. Except glancing at the recipe on my Ipad screen, I see I was to add in 1 cup of coconut sugar, not the 1 cup of coconut flour I was trying to blend. Worse yet, reading further, the recipe only calls for 1/3 cup coconut flour.
Interrupting the expletives piercing my thoughts, I come up with the only solution that may redeem these gluten-free snacks I am making for my daughter’s family.
Triple all the ingredients. And hope for the best.
As I search my pantry, praying I have enough of the necessary ingredients times three, I chastise myself for not reading the recipe closer in the first place. See, it is not the first time I’ve made these treats. So I guess I figured I already knew how.
So didn’t pay attention to the details.
And messed up.
I think about Jesus, how He always was in the moment, and paying attention. There was the time when He healed the bleeding woman. Although swarmed by the crowd, touched by many, He was still so present, knowing someone had been healed by faith in Him.
“Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you. But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” Luke 8:45-46
And the woman? She must have been paying attention to the current events to know of this man, Jesus, coming through town, healing and performing miracles. This knowing of these details led her to be at the perfect place, and at the perfect time, to be restored.
And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. Luke 43
And, I wonder, as I make balls from the dough that is not quite right, did the woman anticipate what would happen when she was healed? The bible only tells her story to when her bleeding stopped, but I can imagine that her life was restored beyond anything she could have imagined!
The biblical meaning of the word “restoration” is to receive back more than has been lost to the point where the final state is greater than the original condition. The main point is that someone or something is improved beyond measure. Source
As I take a bite of a treat from the first batch of three, I can taste an unexpected sweetness within me that is beyond the raisins and brown sugar. This sweetness is simultaneously gentle and breathtaking.
And I hear the whisper: It’s a brand new day. My mercy is new every morning.
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16
So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does. Peter 5:10 The Message
May you rest in this brand new day with the hope and knowing that He can restore beyond measure!
And gives you all the correct ingredients to make any messes sweet again.