‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ Matt 25:6
The one bad thing about making a Grandma Mickey cake is that I always want to make a second one just for me to eat. Problem is – I would probably just sit in front of it and try to stuff it down my throat in one gulp. When it comes out perfect, like it did this weekend, it is hard to walk away from it.
Blessedly, I always manage to talk myself out of mixing up another batch of cake.
1. I would really be sick to my stomach for a week if I did make one just for me. 2. It tastes ever so much better when I only get it a few times a year. 3. Seriously? What fun is it to eat a whole cake by yourself? 4. Eating cake is special because of the memories made laughing and spending time with those you love.
“Those who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet, and the door was shut.” Matt 25:10b
I have no idea how this one Bible verse, that ended my devotions tonight, ties in with eating mom’s cake and Yom Kippur. It is one of those unfathomable things that My Father starts doing when He has something to say. A lot of times, I just give up and go to bed because I am basically lazy and just don’t want to try to figure it out. Like tonight….I was just about to do that when the intangible became almost – touchable.
Mom’s cake is time-consuming. Three layers. Two different frostings that you have to cook. Messy ingredients that don’t come out of ordinary containers. Step-by-step processes that have to be followed down to the littlest jot and tittle. And even then – never guaranteed to turn out the way I envision it.
When the picture cleared a little in my head, I realized, these times are those messy ingredients. The Father has laid out His recipe card. His writing on it is clear – if we can read His cursive. His mixing bowl is on the island counter. He knows exactly how to blend each thing together so that this cake will turn out exactly as He has envisioned it from the beginning of time. He will take all this messy goo and make the perfect wedding cake for the Bridegroom and the Bride.
The fasting of Yom Kippur has begun. But there is that expectation – – that sweetness on the tip of my tongue – – that the Father has inclined His ear towards us. He has begun His preparation for the feast that is to come. He is making a wedding cake that will be the most beautiful wedding cake of all.
“We just haven’t seen it yet…”
‘Lord, lord, open the door for us!’ Matt 25:11
The recipe for the wedding cake is on the counter. The beaters are mixing the ingredients. He has sealed it. The Bridegroom is coming to the door. Some have their lamps ready. Others do not.
It is my prayer tonight, that loved ones will gather close. They will hear Him coming…laughing… smiling…holding the brightly burning lamp high, we will all open the door and dance out to meet Him.