One thing that really surprised me was how small they were when we started. I thought that maybe I had done something wrong when I was rolling them up, or followed a recipe for some mini-cinnamon rolls. I was pretty disappointed because I had visions of giant, chewy sweet buns in my mind and the puny little rolls didn't even fill have the pan. I knew they would get bigger after I set them to rise, but I was so surprised at how much they actually grew. And once they were baked they were marvelous! It reminded me about Jesus' teaching in Luke 12:
"By this time the crowd, unwieldy and stepping on each other's toes, numbered into the thousands. But Jesus' primary concern was his disciples. He said to them, "Watch yourselves carefully so you don't get contaminated with Pharisee yeast, Pharisee phoniness. You can't keep your true self hidden forever; before long you'll be exposed. You can't hide behind a religious mask forever; sooner or later the mask will slip and your true face will be known. You can't whisper one thing in private and preach the opposite in public; the day's coming when those whispers will be repeated all over town."
It can be easy to follow Jesus when things are going your way. When things are working out the way you want it to, when you're surrounded by other believers and the circumstances are easy. But what about when you're struggling, when you're going through something difficult and all of a sudden the answers don't seem so simple. What about when your with unbelieving friends and the conversation and activities turn down an ungodly path? What about when your foundations are shaken - you lose a loved one, your relationship/marriage is falling apart, you're faced with a serious illness. What about then? Jesus tells us that our religious masks and the pat answers that we've grown up hearing won't be enough if we don't have a deep, trusting, and REAL relationship with Him. Just as the yeast caused our cinnamon buns to grow and triple in size, a faith that is based on religious tradition and doing the 'right' thing we'll leave our lives puffed up and empty, unable to stand when trials come. And while they were certainly lovely looking and filled with sticky, sweet deliciousness, if they were the staple of our diet the cinnamon buns would quickly cause us to become a doughy, sickly bunch with no strength or energy for the day-to-day activities of our lives.
Who would have ever thought that God could use a little baking to teach our family such an important lesson!
"But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit." Jeremiah 17:7,8
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