I rarely cook. I can do some simple meals like French toast, baked potatoes, and grilled steak. But mixing ingredients and actually baking is a new thing for me. For the second time ever, I decided to make some muffins.
I thought I was being very methodical about following the recipe. I read and reread it as I went through the mixing of ingredients. I got into being a little experimental in my rookieness as a cook adding various tasty ingredients like pieces of apple, dried cranberries, and walnuts. Well, I thought all was well till I put the mixture in the cupcake holders–it looked a little runny. Humm… maybe its fine; I may need to just bake it longer. I went off to do my morning devotion. The passage was …“ Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew”. 11:29 NKJV. The timer for the muffins went off. The muffins were still kind of soft even with giving them an extra five minutes. Then the thought hit me “ I forgot the flour!” Man, I thought, isn’t flour suppose to be a main ingredient? Even a rookie like me has that much sense. I looked at the recipe. Sure enough, I missed putting in one and a half cups of flour. In regards to portions of ingredients, one and a half cups is the largest amount. I think that will make a difference. I had some mix left over so I guessed an amount of flour and mixed it in. They turned out the way the author of the recipe intended. My first batch of muffins? They are ok, but I don’t think anyone else in my family is going to eat them.
So what’s the moral of this story? In my life, I can get too fixed on the special ingredients and forget the key ingredient –God. When I keep God first and learn from Him, then those things cooking in my life work out. The special ingredients are nice but they mean nothing without the Core ingredient.