The difference between try and triumph is a little umph." ~Author Unknown
My daughter loves to bake cakes. I'm not talking about a Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines version. She makes her cakes from scratch. Some of her cakes take two days to complete. Every special occasion that calls for some kind of gift, she knows my first request will be my all time favorite ~ chocolate pumpkin. I know, it sounds like a strange combination. But wow, is it good! I can't pass by the cake stand without having a sliver here, a sliver there...yum!
Why does she take the time to bake these cakes from scratch when she could invest a buck and a few minutes time to create a cake? Because she has learned that the best results take time and loving attention. She is the epitome of both when she bakes. It's so much fun to watch her. The most arduous part of the process is the endless sifting. Maybe it's our antiquated sifter. (Do they make electric sifters? If they do, she needs one!) This is the painstaking step in her cake baking efforts. Not only does she sift cups of flour for the cake itself, she then faces several cups of powdered sugar for the icing. But the end result is absolute perfection.
Isn't that so true in our own lives? The best qualities that God develops in us don't happen overnight. They take time, love, and a patient God who knows the end result and doesn't opt for the easier path. He sifts through our lives, removing impurities and pointless distractions, creating just the right ingredients to mold us into His image. When we cooperate, He looks at us, our children, smiles, and says, "Perfection!".
"And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns." ~Philippians 1:6
"The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary." ~Vidal Sassoon