I have been up for 3 hours (its 7am now, naps are beautiful). Waiting for the Lord to give me something to write about. As Brett was packing up for his River to River race, running around grabbing this and that, and all his stuff, I just sat here waiting and waiting for what I should write about! As he was ready to head out the door, he grabbed the Pineapple Upside Down Cake to take for food day at work. And it hit me...perfection.
I have been working all week to perfect my pineapple upside down cake. All week. All I really want is to make a yummylious PERFECT Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Moist, definitely not dry! But I like the crust a little carmelized. I even would like some slivers of pineapple throughout it, instead of just pretty rings and cherries on top. Have you ever had a wonderful, delightful, PERFECT, Pineapple Upside Down Cake? Ever? Well, I THINK I have! I of course didn't make that cake, but I'm prettier sure I have had it. Maybe as a child, I don't know, but I know I have had. I just can't seem to recreate it.
My life can be like that Pineapple Upside Down Cake! I know what it should be like in my head. Well disciplined, God honoring and fearing, happy go lucky kids...perfect. A marriage with no disagreements or squabbles...perfect. Children eager and happy to be homeschooled...perfect. You get the picture. Easy peasy lemon squeezy right? Maybe your picture looks a bit different, but we all have a mental image of our hopes and dreams and what our perfect little lives would be, could be, should be.
But let's be honest...its NEVER going to be PERFECT on this side of Heaven! My kids are learning and growing and well, being kids! Just like my cake, they have a great foundation. My marriage...its two broken sinful people learning to love one another and love like Jesus. Just like my cake, it takes just the right amount of extra heat to get it carmelized and sizzlin'. Just like my cake, life takes the right amount of ingredients...love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control to enjoy life at its fullest or should I say moisteee-est?
Enjoy the life God has blessed you with and have a piece of PERFECT cake now and then too.