My wife Diane is a sprinkle-loving master decorator when it comes to cakes, cookies, and cupcakes. The other day she was very busy and I told her I would cover the desserts for our night of serving at the mission. I had some thin frozen cakes that needed used, so I got them out and iced them. I am obviously not a sprinkle-loving master decorator. But a funny thing happened when we cut the cake and served it. It turned out beautiful. The people being served had no clue how ugly the cake was before we cut it. They only saw the end result.
I took pictures knowing the Lord would give me a word about it. It occurred to me that the messy and unattractive cake is a parable for our lives. All we can see are the rough edges, broken corner pieces, and crumbs in the icing. It is hard for us to imagine how it is going to turn out in the end – once the master does His thing. I believe that is why He tells us over and over not to worry. As bad as it looks right now, we must remember He is not finished. When He is, I know what Isaiah says He will do:
To give them beauty for ashes,Isaiah 61:3
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
When He is done, I know it will be beautiful.