My wife makes the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had. The list of ingredients has some things that by themselves, are great! Chocolate chips and sugar to name a few… There are also some ingredients that by themselves are bitter and hard to swallow: baking soda, salt, flour… Much care and detail goes into making them, but of all the ingredients, she will tell you that the most important is “LOVE.”
Our lives are a lot like those cookies. It takes a lot of ingredients to complete a life. Some are great – finding our mate, having children… These are sweet, and we enjoy them. But just as in every great cookie, life has, mixed into it, bitter moments that are hard to understand – death of a loved one, health issues, and financial burden are a few. We cannot understand why these bitter ingredients are necessary, but without them our cookie would crumble. It is the LOVE of God that can take the sweet and bitter moments, and work them together into the masterpiece we know as life. So whatever ingredient you are experiencing right now, know that the bitterness only lasts a short time. The Lord is blending things for our good!