The other night, I set out to make resurrection cookies with the kids. I was so excited to have a gluten-free Easter option, and we really enjoyed the Bible lessons with each of the ingredients. Then, we put them in the oven. I suspected by the very flat shape that we had done something wrong. Sure enough, in the morning we had “resurrection pancakes” that were still wet and mushy on the bottom. Yuck!
What had I done wrong? Well, first of all, I didn’t use the right beater for my mixer. Seth took one look at what I used and said, “Why didn’t you use the wire one?” Not using the right tool is definitely a problem.
I also think I should have beaten the ingredients for even longer. I think I waited 13 minutes, but however long it was, it wasn’t nearly enough. No patience on my part. I didn’t follow the instructions very well. They said to have stiff peaks, and I had sort-of peaks.
Then I put the cookies on unheated stone trays. That didn’t help.
We fail when we don’t follow the directions and use the right tools.
For running this race God has set before us, He has given us instructions in the Bible. Our tools are our God-given gifts and talents. Am I using my instructions and tools?
Thankfully, we had time to tackle this project again. The bonus of getting to make them a second time this Easter is that my children could explain to us what each ingredient represented and which part of the Easter story we were covering. We followed the directions and used the right tools. Ah, much better.
My children really got into the sealing of the tomb. They even added guards and an angel (on top of the stove).
This morning, the cookies weighed practically nothing, with hard and cracked looking on the outside, and hollow in the middle. This was just like they were supposed to be so that they could remind us of Jesus’s empty tomb. Triumph!
Praise the Lord that the failure the disciples felt when Jesus was in the tomb didn’t end with Him in the grave. Their weight of defeat turned to joy when Jesus triumphed over death and the grave. Also, we can praise the Lord that He provides the way for us to conquer our failure (sin) through trusting in Jesus as our Savior.
I’m so thankful that I’m not in charge of making my own way to heaven. I couldn’t even make cookies to teach my children a lesson about the Resurrection without messing it up. God made the way to spend eternity with Him through His Son Jesus’s death and resurrection. All we have to do is accept His free gift of salvation.
Thankfully, even when we fail as Christians, God is faithful to forgive us of our sins. Using the directions and tools that God gave us, we can start again. His mercies really are new every morning. May this Easter be a time that you can reflect on God’s great gift!