Recently my friend, Heidi, was making a batch of monster cookies for me. We sort of got our wires crossed–not too hard to imagine for either Heidi or me–but as a result, the cookies got made just after I needed them. Not a big deal, it didn’t cause any problem for me and it has left Heidi with a great supply of monster cookies on hand for all kinds upcoming events like our church’s Great Day of Service and last night’s Monday Nights for Moms.
In preparing for our MnM’s I asked Heidi for the recipe so we could put it on these little cards we keep on hand for our moms to take home to save and savor for later. Well, needless to say, I wasn’t prepared for all that went into these cookies. Check it out:
1 lb of butter or margarine
4 cup of white sugar
1/4 cup of vanilla
1 T salt
2lb of brown sugar
1 dozen eggs
8 tsp baking soda
3 lb of peanut butter (1.5 lb creamy & 1.5 lb crunchy)
18 cups of oatmeal
1 pkg of milk choc. chips
2 pkg of M&M’s
No wonder they’re called Monster Cookies!! A dozen eggs, 2 pounds of brown sugar, 18 cups of oatmeal and 3 pounds of peanut butter. Plus 4 cups of regular sugar and a whopping 3 pounds of chocolate! Holy Cow! These suckers are packed with more goodness that a girl can (or should) take in at one time. Even though we don’t eat the whole batch at one time (although we could try!), we take in a little at a time, savoring all the goodness. Now, I can’t stop thinking about the fact that while I love these cookies, I never quite grasped how much it cost and what all it took to create these little babies.
When I asked Heidi what kind of bowl she used to make these, she replied with a smile, “A really big one!”
I’m not doubting her. Not one bit. And there is quite a bit of work that goes on in that big bowl. You get tired making these cookies, you might even get a little winded. There is hand mixing that has to be done here, now!! And once you get the mixing done, then you have to start the scooping, and then the baking, and baking, and baking. But in the end, when it’s all said and done. . . .you still have the dishes to do!!! Big dishes–cuz a big bowl is a big dish! We are talking dishes that don’t fit in the dishwasher, dishes.
But then, you have cookies!! Lots and lots of cookies! You have cookies overflowing. Cookies to share! Cookies to enjoy! Cookies to bless others with, and cookies to make a blog post about!
You see, I found myself thinking about those cookies today, and I realized that God’s Word is just a little like that monster cookie recipe. There’s just so much stuff that goes in there, and you can’t just look at the end result and appreciate it at all! There are so many different parts or ingredients, and they need to be sifted through, weighed out and blended together. Sometimes that can be a little tiring, a little wearing; sometimes it’s really sweet, but before it’s all said and done there’s going to be some clean up involved and it’s going to cost us something. But as we finish up a batch of whatever it is God has taught us or brought us through, we have plenty to share. We have a spiritual cookie jar filled with encouragement, wisdom, grace, mercy, experience and love overflowing from the One who created the recipe of our life with just the right ingredients added at just the right times so that we could share Him with those around us.
The main reason I asked Heidi to make the cookies for me is that I pretty much figured I would never make a monster cookie. It just cost too much. Too much time, too much effort, too much clean up, too much money, and besides she likes to make them and she would do it for me (I did offer to pay her, btw!). . .but then today I got to thinking that if I never make them, I’ll never share them. I’d never have my own monster cookie story, or monster cookie experiences or my own monster cookie giant mixing bowl!Those thoughts made me thankful that I didn’t rely on someone else to do my spiritual work for me, either, and that the time I have spent in God’s word has given me opportunities like this to bake up a batch of spiritual cookies and share them with those around me. This blog gives me the chance to share what God is producing in me, and I hope that you, in turn, will begin to seek out God’s recipe for your life and see what He has you mixing up to share with those around you. I bet He has some monstrously delicious and exciting, big things in store ahead for you and your life! Can’t wait to hear how you’ve gotten to share them.