I was a recent college graduate, living in my own apartment. It was summer time, school was out and I decided to kill a day by making all kinds of cookies. My parents gave me a cookie press and I wanted to use all the plates. How many different shapes could I make? Half way through my baking extravaganza, I had a brilliant idea. Tint some of the dough pink! Then I could make cookies not only of various shapes, but also colors.
These mild little butter cookies go so well with tea and coffee. I had enough to throw a big tea party. Unfortunately, I had just moved to Wichita to begin my first full time teaching position. I didn’t know anybody yet. Therefore, I decided to throw a tea party for myself and God. I know it sounds silly. God doesn’t require food like we do, but I required company.
I set a place of good china for both of us. I arranged the cookies on a platter. I served us both coffee. Then I began conversing out loud to God, making small talk like one would do at a tea party. I can’t remember how the subject came up, but I distinctly remember asking God why He made me the way He did. Seriously, wouldn’t it be a little easier for me to maintain a healthy body weight if He had made me taller? My hair wouldn’t turn into a ‘fro if He had made it straight. Couldn’t I be more charming and funny? Why did He make me so serious? Was it really necessary for me to be a nerd, delighting in knowing the answers to the teacher’s questions?
Oddly enough, I did get an answer. It wasn’t audible, but God began speaking to my heart. He directed my attention to the plate of cookies. Why had I made them all different shapes? Why did I tint some pink? Well, I made some of them pink because I wanted to. When I saw the cookies, I smiled. God told me that when He sees the unique individual He created me to be, He smiles. He takes pleasure in the short, curly-haired, inquisitive, serious person that He created me to be. He delights in you too.
Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
The verse above was written to the nation of Israel, but I believe that New Testament believers enjoy His delight too. I’ll blog about that later ;-)