Stir Constantly

>As is becoming a tradition in my household, tonight we planned to do our Christmas baking… fudge, pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, chocolate mint squares, sugar cookies, and snowball cookies… Sounds like a big fun mess, huh? Well, tonight ended up in a bigger mess than just some powdered sugar on the floor and food coloring spilled on the counter.

When making fudge, there is a sugar mixture that must be boiling hot when it is poured over the chocolate chips. Cooking this mixture is a very delicate process, and the recipe says to “stir constantly” while it is heating up. Well… not realizing the REASON for this rule (thinking the mixture would just get a little tough to stir), I turned my head for a moment to eat a pumpkin muffin and heard this loud sizzling behind me. Scared to death of what I was going to find, I flipped around to see the sugar mixture boiling over on my beautiful glass cooktop! Smoke immediately started pouring, and I mean POURING, throughout the kitchen and into the living room. I panicked and screamed for my husband, who has now realized that I am not a good person to have around when there is a disaster.
If you have a glass cooktop, you know that sugar is the ONE thing you have to clean immediately to avoid ruining the surface. Long story short, I now only have three burners. Yet another reminder that there are reasons for directions, especially those that include very specific rules.
The same is true in our Christian walk. God has reasons for the directions He gives us, even though sometimes we think we know better than He does. I don’t know about you, but when I go my way, it usually ends up in a “boiling-over” mess. Staying close to our Heavenly Father is the only real way to know what He wants from us… and the best way to keep our fellowship sweet is to “stir constantly”…

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