Recently in church, the speaker shared a quite brilliant analogy (he is rather clever) for how God reacts with us. It was so good, in fact, that I want to share it here, and add in some thoughts of my own. This is a perfect follow up to my last post entitled ‘Houston, We Have a Problem‘. If you thought for a second that I was suggesting we do anything in our own strength, read this.
The speaker told a story about how his wife used to ask their young daughter if she wanted to bake a cake, even though the mother already knew that she was going to do it anyway. The daughter would then agree and the mother would patiently let her ‘help’. The mum would lift the child up, let her ‘help’ to mix the batter and put the cake in the oven. All actually being done by the mum but, because the child had her hands on the bowl at the time, she was part of it and she was ‘doing’ it. When the dad came home and was offered some cake, the little child was excited because she had ‘made’ the cake. The dad was glad that she felt included, yet he knew full well that his wife actually did it.
I would like to take the story one step further and say that, one day, when the daughter does make her own cake, even though it may not be the best cake in the world, the dad (and mum) would still be proud of her. This is how God is with us. He is the one with the power, and we are pretty much useless on our own, but He wants us to be involved. He wants to see the joy on our faces when we get to ‘help’ with His plans! Does He need us to help? No. Does He want us to help? Yes. Why? Because He knows the joy that we will experience and He knows how much we will be blessed by helping with His plans! Even when we mess it up – when we take something on with good intentions, but it is not what He wanted. Even when things don’t work, He is still proud of us for trying, He is still proud of His children.
When it is what God wants, and He is involved, with us ‘helping’ that is when miracles happen! We have seen a few people healed in our church of late, and we have seen many more come to Christ. Was it our abilities that did that? No. Were we involved? Yes. The pastor of the church and I commanded healing over a woman a few weeks ago, and she was healed that night. Was it because we are anything special? No. It was because the God we serve is amazing, but we still went through the actions of commanding the injury to be healed. If we hadn’t done that, would she have been healed? I don’t know for sure but I can only assume not. We don’t take the glory for this, we give it all to God, but we were extremely blessed to be part of God’s plan. We were happy to ‘help’!
I think it is important to realise that all of the power comes from God, all of the ability comes from God and miracles come from God. It is also important to remember that God allows us to be part of this; He allows us to do these things because He is a proud Dad who wants His children to thrive. He wants us to be part of His plans. I don’t have children yet, but I can imagine how blessed I will be one day if my son or daughter shows an interest in the things that I am interested in, and wants to be part of them. I can only imagine that is how God feels about us!
So what do we do about this? Like I said in my last post, let’s get out there and do what God has called us to do. Not in our strength, but in His. Not with our abilities, but with His. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us”.
God is baking a cake, do you want to help?