A Tale of Two Cupcakes

 (Image from www.bakedandwired.com)

Before I begin, how great was it to hear from the fabulous Meg Pittman Kelsey yesterday in her Long To Love debut as a married, law school student?!?  I wish every week was spring break at Miami School of Law so we could hear from Meg more, because the way she loves Jesus is incredible.

Now, on to very important matters like cupcakes.  Has anyone else noticed that cupcakes seem to be all the rage?  In DC, little cupcake shops are sprouting up all over the place.  At first I resented these over priced tiny treats…why not just buy a whole cake?  However, there is one cupcake that managed to wiggle it’s way into my heart and I’m not sure I’ll ever be the same.

 Last Saturday night, Bernie and I went to Georgetown for dinner and on our way there, we passed Georgetown Cupcake–the very trendy, posh, cupcake shop right on M street.  I was shocked to see that the line was out the door and around the corner…all for cupcakes?  Not even cupcakes, but in my expert opinion, mediocre at best.

Little did these tourists and followers know, two blocks down the road was their ticket to the most amazing cupcake to ever grace their pallet.  Best of all?  No line whatsoever!

It is my privilege to introduce you to Baked and Wired.  Once you taste a Baked and Wired cupcake, you can never go back.  Even cupcake haters like Bernie are quick to admit that few sweets come close to comparing with this cupcake’s perfection.  While the masses may flock to Georgetown Cupcake, the insiders know that Baked and Wired is the place to be.  (Just don’t tell too many people, because I don’t want to have to start waiting in line.)

As I walked in the door, eager for the cupcake I had been craving all week, I still couldn’t get over the fact that so many people were willing to wait in a thirty minute line for something adequate, when excellence was just two blocks away–line free!

Then I began to wonder if that’s how God feels about me?  Here He stands with so much to offer me, but I’m so quick to follow the masses and waste my time on something that’s simply adequate, or even destructive.  In doing so, I miss out on the excellence God is ready and willing to offer me daily.  

C.S. Lewis describes this predicament beautifully when he says,

“Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak.  We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered to us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea.  We are far too easily pleased.”  

Infinite joy!  I loved yesterday when Meg talked about the abundance available to us when we choose to come near to God and dwell in His presence.  No matter how hard we try, there is nothing else that can satisfy our hearts in that way. Absolutely nothing.  We don’t even have to wait in line.  

“Whom have I in heaven but you?  And earth has nothing I desire besides you.  My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Psalm 73:25-26

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