I get it, I know you're wondering why the chapter of this book has that title. It's really quite simple.
I've been given many talents, but my favorite is the ability to cook and bake. It's during this time in the kitchen that I'm able to relax and speak to God. It's usually during this time, I receive my direction(s).
One of the most exciting things about baking is mixing together precise measurements, to cultivate the most delicious treats. Unlike cooking, most baked treats require a window of time, where you need to let them cool before serving. It allows the ingredients to settle, not to mention that dreadful burned tongue syndrome.
When you know what you've baked is good, provided with the technique used, you tend to grow anxious in the anticipation of feasting on such a delectable treat. Take a cake/cupcakes for example. If you frost the cake or pipe your frosting onto your cupcake before cooling more than likely, it will melt. But, if you allow them to cool for a period of time, you can frost and enjoy. Same thing with a pie. Back in the day and perhaps even now, when our grandmothers baked a pie, they typically allowed it to cool on the windowsill. Giving the pie a chance to settle and for the ingredients to marry. Great things take time, right?
That's how God wants us to view our lives. We have a gestational period, that allows us to"bake" until done(full term). It is purposed that way, because HE wants us to be ready for what life has in store for us. Most times, things happen where we're delivered too early, thus complicating things a little more-But we still hold and play an important part in life.
When a baby is delivered before it's time, they tend to require more medical attention, longer hospital stays, frequent doctors visits after he/she is born, under developed lungs, etc. They simply require more attention BUT GOD!
Isaiah 66:9 Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?" says the LORD. "Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery?" says your God.
God gives a solution, a remedy, if you will, to each and ever trial and tribulation that we endure. He gives us peace in the mist of confusion, joy in the mist of sorrow and grace when we feel that we've maxed out and can't take anymore.
We all have a baking/cooking period-It's during that time that we're tried, pushed to our limits and if we faint not, we are delivered. It's during that time where we use the ingredients of life, set forth by our Heavenly Father, to receive our reward. Deliverance.
Have you ever had surgery? Any kind, doesn't matter. Where days after the procedure you feel stiff/sore and pained. We take the medicine prescribed by our doctor and then a few days later, we feel good as new? Good to the point where we decide to venture out, thinking that we've been in the house too long? BUT when we go out, we soon realize that perhaps we aren't ready to venture out just yet? Again, this is a part of the cooling time. To everything there is a process.
We need to sit on the windowsill in life on plenty of occasions. It isn't punishment, but it's part of the process. Great things happen when we allow the process to happen. We shouldn't speed through life, simply because we believe that we're ready. We should allow God to guide us, sit us in the windowsill-And in HIS time, show is the way we shall go in each season.
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