Oh, fudge!

Almost every year, I get to make fudge with my mom and grandma. It’s a really fun time where we just get to make a big mess in the kitchen and lick pots and spoons, and usually we end up with a couple of batches of yummy Christmas candy. The trickiest part about making fudge is knowing how long to boil it. The actual ingredients aren’t complicated at all. But just like any recipe, no matter if it’s something simple or something really complex, you have to start with a recipe and follow it.
 
It’s silly to try to make something and not know what needs to go in it. Your results would be catastrophic, otherwise. Imagine trying to make bread without knowing that you needed flour. Or trying to make fudge without knowing that you needed sugar. You have to read the recipe first. You have to plan what you need ahead of time.
Fudge recipe
Fudge recipe – Wichita, KS

Today’s verse is Psalm 138:8.

The LORD will work out his plans for my life—
      for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever.
      Don’t abandon me, for you made me.
 
God has a plan for everyone’s life. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or even if you’ve given your life to Him yet. He still has a plan. And God is constantly in the process of working out His plans for us. He never stops.
 
And it’s interesting to me because I’ve had to abandon a few recipes when I didn’t follow the directions. I’ve been cooking and baking for a long time, and every now and then I get to thinking that I know what I’m doing. And I branch off on my own. And I try throwing my own ingredients into a recipe. And it turns out awful.
 
I’ve made runny fudge before. I’ve also made grainy fudge too. I’ve also made fudge that has chunks of chocolate chips in it that didn’t get melted all the way.
 
What I am glad to hear from this verse is that no matter how we “turn out” God will never abandon us. He’s given us the recipe (the Bible), and it’s up to us to follow it. But even when we decide to start throwing our own crazy ideas into it, even when the results are less than favorable (because the moment you start adding anything to the Bible, you are guaranteed to get off track), God will keep working on us until we turn out just the way He wants.

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