“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” – James 1:17
I looked forward to my birthday party every year. Not because of the gifts I would receive, but because it was the one time each year that I got to choose the dessert that would be served. I always wanted a bakery cake with butter cream icing. The cake was topped off with ballerinas in pink and silver tutus. My favorite part was the icing—it was the crowning glory of the cake and literally melted in my mouth. It is almost embarrassing to admit how very much I love icing even to this day.
My grandmother referred to anything special or above and beyond normal as “the icing on the cake.” I got to drink coffee and eat crème horns at her house, which totally blew my typical glass of Tang and bowl of Froot Loops out of the water! My summer was complete when my family made our annual 4th of July trip to the Irvington Drive-In. We took our big fluffy blankets and loaded in the station wagon. Of course we were excited about the movie, but the real anticipation was the fireworks! I can recall hundreds of “icing on the cake” moments from my childhood. These are the moments that I hold on to and cherish.
Some of my favorite “icing on the cake” moments now are: hugs, chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing, fresh flowers, kids writing a paragraph for the first time, frosty windows, unexpected dinners with a friend, surprises—any kind, conversations with my sisters, ‘I love you’ from my parents, cotton candy cloud days, stormy nights, remembering something I thought I had forgotten, movies at the theatre, hearing a favorite song, Eskimo kisses, a cardinal sitting in a tree, Suzy Q’s and chocolate milk, bare trees in the winter, hot chocolate chip cookies, star gazing, smelling brown sugar and vanilla extract, and finding a common bond with a stranger.
We all have moments—different moments from the past and present which make us unique. As an adult, I believe I seek out special moments more than ever. I want something to cling to and hide in my heart. The difference between my childhood moments and my adult moments is that I realize they are all made possible by God. Everything I have or am allowed to enjoy comes straight from heaven. Day after day, God just decides to bless me. Even if another person brings the moment to reality, it started out in God’s heart because He knew me…and He knew that I would love it. Stop for a moment and consider your “icing on the cake” moments and remember to always thank God for smiling upon you.