Last week, I was preparing to bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies. I had methodically placed my arsenal of baking supplies on the counter…silver measuring spoons, 4-cup measuring cup, Kitchen Aid mixer, pink spatula. I was savoring the scent of butter and sugar as I came to my favorite part of the cookie baking process—stirring in the chocolate chips! I pick up my favorite spatula, the sassy pink one. I begin to fold in the chocolate chips just like I always do and suddenly—SNAP!! The spatula cracks in half. I froze. Had I handled it differently than the previous 100 times? Was my cookie dough too thick? Could I patch the spatula and continue to use it?
Completely convinced that baking was over for the day, I felt a warm tear stream down my face. Its saltiness seemed to rob me of the sweet sensations I typically feel when baking. I couldn’t imagine baking the batch of cookies without my beloved spatula. I was angry with myself for breaking the handle and I knew I could never replace it…sad, sad day. I put the broken spatula in a drawer with some of my cookbooks. I considered it a somewhat peaceful resting place for the precious utensil.
I reluctantly finished the cookies and my feelings were shot. Blah! For once in my life, I didn’t want to deliver the cookies to the people I had been so enthusiastic about baking them for. As if stirring them with a wooden spoon rather than a pink spatula made any difference whatsoever. The people on the receiving end would certainly be none the wiser.
While researching for replacement spatulas, I’ve discovered two things:
1.) There are some really cool spatulas in the world—all different and special.
2.) I kind of like the idea of some new spatulas; especially some with personalization.
Now, I just have to convince myself that I can splurge and purchase the spatulas. I found the perfect ones for a decent price, actually. I was so excited! I was sharing this story with a friend and he found it rather amusing that I had been “surfing the net” for spatulas. However, the prospect is bringing some delight back into my heart about baking. I believe this delight comes straight from the Lord:
“Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give me the desires of my heart.”
Right or wrong, I honestly want the new spatulas. Good or bad, I want the really cool personalized spatulas. And for what it’s worth, I finally threw the broken spatula in the trash yesterday. At times, I feel that it is utter selfishness to want for anything. However, I have the promise that the Lord will indeed give me the desires of my heart—in His time and in His way.