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When Things Don’t Go As Planned

A few weeks ago my oldest was at his Tuesday night Quiz club practice when I received this text from the hostess…and I quote, “Drew got the baby in the King Cake.  Are you familiar with this tradition?”

“Kind of,” I fudged. “Is this a New Year’s Eve thing?”

I wasn’t sure exactly what it meant, but I was excited for Drew that he got the baby, whatever that was!

She explained to me, through her text, what the King Cake was, what it stood for, and then gave me the exciting news that the child who gets the baby also gets to bring the King Cake the following week!  Smiley face.  (Not from me, from her.)

I thought, well this could be fun!  A new adventure for the kids and I to experiment on a baking project.  I do have to add that there is not much pressure to bring a perfect cake.  That all comes from me.  This particular group we are a part of is so laid back and easy going that you never feel anyone is overdoing it to impress one another.  You really do have the freedom to be yourself and use your gifts where needed.

When I was sharing with a friend about researching how to bake this cake, she told me that she had just seen a King Cake at the grocery store.  I usually love to be in the kitchen, but knowing how busy our following week was going to be I thought that this would be the perfect solution.

Sunday afternoon, while I was doing my weekly grocery shopping (worst time to go by the way!) I tried to get help in the bakery so that I could order my cake.  It was so busy that all of the workers were preoccupied.  After being passed off from one baker to the next, I finally was passed off to someone who could help…kind of.  She told me that she wasn’t sure if the supplies would be there in time and then her co-worker added, “and they don’t even bake the baby inside the cake due to liability.”

On to Plan B.  I googled “King Cake easiest recipes”.  I found one that looked doable and began to gather the necessary ingredients.

The big day finally arrived!  I was ready to create the beautiful cake that was pictured on the web site which provided my “easy to bake” instructions.

I rolled out the dough, spread the filling inside, created the big doughnut looking blob and waited for it to rise.  We left for ballet and library time and when we returned home we were all amazed as we took in this HUGE perfectly risen dough.  Easy peasy.  But, then I realized I would have to transfer the dough to a baking pan and that’s where things began to get sticky.  As soon as I touched it, the dough fell.  I thought, maybe, just maybe, it will rise again in the warm oven.

Nope.

This is what my dough should have looked like

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This is what came out of my oven

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I thought that maybe once I added the icing and sprinkles it would more closely resemble my inspiration cake.

Look how pretty!

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That’s not mine.

BUT…

This one is.

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On the way to Quiz Club, I told Drew to tell everyone that he made it.  He told me he couldn’t lie.  🙂

I figured I would do a quick drop and go.  But, as I pulled into the circle drive a group of kids were hanging out, and they excitedly exclaimed, “The King Cake is here!”

That’s when I thought, I hope it tastes better than it looks.

This reminded me of my reading in Genesis a few weeks ago.

Joseph was his father’s favorite, yet his life began to be filled with unexpected twists and turns.

He ends up as a slave in Egypt at Potiphar’s house, and the Bible tells us in Genesis 39:2 that

The Lord was with Joseph and he prospered….

verse 5 goes on to say

…he (Potiphar) put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned…

back up to verse 3 and we see

…his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did…

Although Joseph wasn’t a free man, he was prospering and the Lord was with him.

But, more troubles came his way and he was unjustly accused of a crime he didn’t commit and was sent to prison.

Once again we will see God’s provision during his time locked away.

Genesis 38:21-23 says

The Lord was with him…

The warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison…

The Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.

These two glimpses into Joseph’s circumstances are almost identical.  I was recently taught to pay attention when the Bible repeats itself and these verses jumped off of the page as I discovered the strong similarities.

I’m not sure what Joseph had planned for his life, or what he imagined his future would hold, but I do know that God had a plan.

Those familiar with this story know that Joseph becomes second in command in Egypt and stores up huge quantities of grains to prepare for the impending famine.

The 1st and 2nd graders have been memorizing this truth in our Sunday school class…

What can stop God’s plan?

Nothing can stop God’s perfect plan.

I believe this.  Especially as I continued to read and find encouragement through the words that Joseph spoke to his brothers.

“But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.  So then it was not you who sent me here, but God.

Genesis 45:7-8

God’s plan was to save a remnant and he used Israel’s son Joseph to do this.  Through this “perfect plan” the people of Israel multiplied and were not wiped out.

It’s hard not to get overwhelmed with our current circumstances, but we may not be able to see the full picture.

God has a perfect plan.  What can stop it?

Nothing.

No matter what you are going through I pray that you will choose to believe this truth today.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering…I kid you not, as I was typing this post, the quiz club hostess texted me and I quote…

“The cake was delicious!!!” 🙂

I’m not sure if she was being polite, encouraging, or truthful, but I’ll take it.

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