A spark of passion has been igniting within me to bake beautiful desserts. The idea of turning a beautifully presented, hand-crafted, made-with-love dessert and put together with essentially a few random ingredients (eggs, flour, butter, sugar, etc) is just amazing. How wonderful!
I love seeing the finished product, and love even more giving these baked goods as gifts to people. They’re so much more personal than something purchased. A handmade desert took time, effort, creativity, patience, and tons of thought. And not only that, but umm…hello deliciousness! So I’ve taken the opportunity lately to bake yummy, beautiful treats for occasions that have come up. And I can honestly say, it’s been such a joy. Even slowly and patiently and intently frosting a cake brings up a glimmer in my eyes.
Yeah, I could have slammered all of the icing on and it would have tasted the same. But theres something about the creativity involved and close precise effort to making it look pretty and well presented that just gives this world a little bit more beauty. I’m realizing good things take work. Effort shows love, and love lights people up! I know this first hand from the couple very beautiful desserts I’ve made so far. It excites me, and I love seeing people’s thrilled faces when they receive it. That “wow! look what i am about to eat!” face.
I’ve always been into this, but was too impatient that I never gave it any real effort. Well, one of the fruits of the Spirit is patience, and I definitely see this fruit at work in my life and in my being since giving my life to Christ and receiving His life in my heart. And because of that, fruits such as patience now exudes out from me, even in something as seemingly insignificant as baking a cake.
But it’s really not insignificant.
Because Jesus knows that it’s an act of love, and it is something that strengthens my caring of others, my patience in making complex and beautiful desserts, building my time management (i.e. minimizing procrastination and thinking ahead – something that’s always been a struggle) and making things beautiful with God’s creation, thus bringing Him ultimate glory. In showing love and taking time to make others feel special, I’m showing the glory of God and I’m radiating His Spirit who lives inside of me.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:23-24
It’s a misconception to think that only the ‘big things’ matter to God. On the contrary, the small things matter to Him just as much. All those little things you do because of your love for Him. He notices, and it delights Him. He feels, and He is humble. He puts himself in a position to be moved by us humans. What a beautiful God!
For the LORD takes delight in his people; Psalm 149:4a
The LORD takes delight in his faithful followers, and in those who wait for his loyal love.Psalm 147:11
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
As you can see, there’s a great deal of delight going on between God and those who belong to Him! Delight beyond anything this world has to offer. Delight beyond the physical, delight beyond the temporal, delight beyond the circumstances. Delight with no conditions, delight with no fear.
Pure delight in our Saviour, as He delights in those He created and who are His. There’s nothing more beautiful than this. Nothing more precious. Nothing more sacred. Nothing more treasured.
Making gorgeous desserts is essentially a shadow spilling out of me of how I feel about God, and how God makes me feel. He’s beautiful. Beyond beautiful. And, I’m in love with Him, He’s in love with me (more than I can even fully grasp because His love is so beyond me) and His love endures forever and ever and ever. Literally, His love never ends. Oh, when I think of these things this warmth joy radiates out of me that is completely indescribable! So, because of this love and beauty I experience with my loving Maker, I naturally want to make beautiful things that flow out of my mind and heart.
Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34
If I could put an emoticon on this post, it would be heart eyes.
Instead, I’ll show you the cake I made! This was for my Uncle’s birthday, and I jumped right up at the opportunity to bake a cake for him.
Homemade yellow cake from scratch, with a rich and sweet buttercream frosting, also from scratch. Delicious.
Since it’s December, I wanted to make something not only for a guy (blue) but also something that exudes the essence of the winter season. Ice blue, white border, and silver sprinkles.
Frosting a cake with that perfectly smooth finish is hard and takes patience! But it’s fun, and you are really able to step back and enjoy the end product. I love cake decorating, and I can’t wait to make more cakes and build on this skill, as well as apply my creativity!
So there you have it! What a joy to make. Even more of a joy to present it to my uncle.
If you would like the recipe for the cake and/or buttercream frosting, I would be more than happy to share in the comments!