I love baking and usually turn out wonderful baked goods but let’s face it, I have 8 kids and sometimes I get distracted and mess up! Just yesterday I was making blueberry muffins. I’ve made them so many times that I didn’t take the time to get out my ingredients and go over the recipe. And you know what? I forgot to add the sugar! Thankfully I have made them frequently enough that as I was mixing in the blueberries I realized that something was not right. The mixture was just too dry. So I tasted the batter and that’s when I realized I missed the sugar. So I just went ahead and mixed the sugar in (which is much more difficult to do after the other ingredients have been assembled). The muffins turned out blue and lumpy but they were still edible.
Sometimes we just have to work with what we’ve got even if we know the end result will not be as good as we want it to be. We can’t give up! Not with muffins and not with the rest of our lives. Sometimes I get so frustrated that my spiritual life is not what I want it to be, that I am interrupted and don’t make it through my Bible reading or my prayers for my official “quiet time.” But then I have to work to fit it in during the rest of the day and maybe that is a good thing. I am forced to keep looking for time and ways to incorporate it into the rest of my day and that often means including the kids in my attempts. Yes it is lumpy and bumpy but in the end it still nourishes my soul just as the muffins nourished our bodies.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up — Galatians 6:9