I never knew how hard it was to bake cookies. I went to Walmart and bought some peanut butter cup cookies and baked them for 19 minutes, like it said to on the package. Took them out and, burnt.
So, since I really wanted some cookies, I hopped in my car and drove all the way back to Walmart and grabbed a package of Pecan Praline cookies and took those home. This time, I only cooked them for 13 minutes, which was 6 minutes less than what the package said. I took them out and, burnt.
So, since I still really wanted some cookies, I shed a tear and hopped back into my car for the journey back to Walmart which seemed to take hours this time. I bought the same kind of cookies and went home. This time, I cooked them for nine minutes. I took them out and they were semi-burnt, but edible. Yet the middle was all gooey and not cooked enough.
What on earth is happening?
This story took place back in 2005. I had just moved out of my parents’ house a few months earlier. It turned out that the oven was running hot. No matter what the temperature was set at, the oven would turn into a fiery furnace.
Basically, it was telling me one thing and doing another.
There was also a time in my life when I was like my oven. I wore all the badges of Christianity proudly on my chest, but inside, I was hiding something completely different. I wasn’t operating correctly.
No prayer. No Bible study. No faith. Lots of depression. Lots of jealousy. Lots of sinning. Mostly, lots of greed. I wanted escape, pleasure, and my own set of rules. I wanted freedom to live however I wanted. To run at my own temperature, knob be damned.
And it wasn’t until people started seeing the burnt cookies I was producing that they realized that I was broken. It was when I was finally faced with those burnt cookies that I had to start getting fixed.
There are far too many of us who pretend everything is in perfect working order, but secretly are hiding broken parts inside. And, to paraphrase the Bible, you will be known by your burnt cookies. If you ever want to be happy in this life, to be satisfied, to be in perfect working order, you have to open up and let God fix your brokenness.
And God has got a huge staff of workers here on earth to assist Him. So, let people in. I mean, aren’t you sick of burnt cookies?
Matthew Coker is a Media Director at a church in his hometown, where he also is a leader at a Celebrate Recovery program. He’s a huge comic book nerd, Whovian, and Greendale Human Being. Matthew and his wife live in New Mexico.