A dear friend of mine told me something the other day that I hope I never forget.
As we talked about life and other stuff she said,
“Life is like a cake. A cake is a mix of eggs, sugar, butter, flour… Each of these ingredients on its own does not make a cake. Actually, you might like trying the sugar but you will not like trying the eggs (they taste funny and nasty).
Well, let’s say all of these ingredients (tasty blessings and sour trials) are being used by God to make a beautiful, delicious cake. And He MUST use all these ingredients because together they make a PERFECT cake. There are many aspects of the baking process we do not like (like the heat in the oven of affliction), but let’s be assured that it will be good. God will always get the desired results.”
Dear soul, stand the test of fire and trial. Your faith, which is of greater worth than gold, will result in praise of Jesus Christ who is the author and perfecter of our faith!
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,4to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,9obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:3-8