Lessons from a Cake


Dave has been wanting me to make him a Bundt cake that he found in the newspaper a few weeks ago.  I finally took the time to make it yesterday.  I had read the ingredients to make sure I had them all so that when I did get time, I would not have to run to the store.  I failed, however, to read all the instructions.  I started making the cake.  I got out my mixer and started adding ingredients.  I turned on my oven to pre-heat it. I started looking at the details of the process of making this cake.  It said to put the cake into a cold oven and then turn it on.  I had to turn off my oven (which was already at the temperature I thought it was going to need to be) and open the door hoping it would cool off before I needed to insert the cake.  In the middle of the cake a pudding like substance was supposed to be placed.  I was supposed to make it earlier so that it had cooled by the time I needed it in my cake. OOPS.   So I made it and put it on ice. That should work.  Needless to say despite all of my errors the cake turned out pretty decently, I am told.  One little thing I should have done that I didn’t, prepare the pan the way they said I should have because my cake stuck using my way.

I should have read the directions in their entirety days before taking the time to make the cake.  The problem was I have made many cakes from scratch, so I thought I knew what I was doing.  However, this cake was a bit different than what I had done before.

We all make mistakes, but do we learn from our mistakes?  Do we allow the mistakes we make to keep us humble?

God told Solomon he could ask for anything, and God would give it to him.  Solomon asked for wisdom.  God was so pleased with this that He gave Solomon everything else he could have asked for.  The moral of this story is that Solomon became corrupted by this lavishness.  He had everything.  By the time he gets to the end of his life and writes the book of Ecclesiastes, he realizes that “all is vanity.”

What does this have to do with my cake?  I find that when I make these errors in judgement, my pride shows itself.  I had made cakes in the past so I assumed I knew what I was doing. Only I didn’t. It was my pride that was showing itself. Solomon gave into every pleasure his heart desired. Later realizing that the lavishness and excess did not satisfy. His pride got in his way and it led to his selfishness. As incidents happen in our lives that remind us of our humanity and frailty, we must allow those moments to remind us what is truly important.

“Fear God and keep his commandments.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).