One evening this week I found myself making an emergency batch of No Bake Cookies. We have been trying not to keep dessert in the house, not even ice cream, so when a family member had an emergency sweet tooth attack after dinner one night, I was happy to find I had just the right ingredients to create this delicious confection. They have been a family favorite for many years, and are actually quite simple to make. Our favorite recipe is as follows:
No Bake Cookies
Boil for two minutes:
1/2 cup cocoa (I like the special dark chocolate)
two cups sugar
one cube margarine or butter
1/2 cup milk
Remove from heat and cool slightly. Then add:
1/2 cup peanut butter
one teaspoon vanilla
3 cups raw quick oatmeal
As I set about my task, experience told me that melting the butter before adding and warming the milk would make the recipe come together more quickly. Yet this particular evening, with a long list of things still to do, it seemed it took the butter an extra long time to melt.
Finally! It was melted! I added the milk and brought it to just below boiling. Next went in the sugar and cocoa so that they might boil the two minutes required, becoming well blended and smooth. Once again, the process seemed to take an incredibly long time.
To speed things up, I considered turning up the heat. I actually did, but only so far, or the mixture would scorch. I also contemplated adding the vanilla before the boil was completed, but if I did its quality might be compromised. Trying to stir the peanut butter in too early or too late would accomplish no good thing, and adding the oatmeal at any time other than the end would make it impossible to properly mix in the other ingredients. Standing at the stove stirring constantly (as required) I realized, no matter how badly I wanted to speed up my No Bake Cookies, I would simply have to be patient and allow the process to complete.
After what really wasn’t an incredibly long time, I stood dropping the finished cookies onto waxed paper to set up. My mind drifted to times in my life when I had become impatient and tried to push things out of order, or to speed them up on my own. Times when I thought I was ready to move ahead, but when The Lord oh so graciously held me in place so that I would not be hurt or hurt others. I remembered harsh or unkind words that I had spoken when someone wasn’t changing as fast as I thought they should be. Words that scorched the recipient as they received them on the other side of my tongue. I recalled a time when I had become so discourage that I lost hope. I was tempted to take the pan off the burner, set it aside, and walk away leaving it and all of the ingredients sitting on the stove.
If you are facing something that seems to be taking an exceedingly long time, don’t give up. Remember your recipe, God’s Holy Word, and be encouraged. Read the directions. Follow them. He wrote them specifically for you. Picture in your mind the good things God is going to do with your circumstance. Ask Him to help you to be patient, and keep moving forward in faith. If you have never made “No Bakes” before, call someone who has and ask them to pray with you. Speak kind words to yourself. Say kind things to others. Don’t give up hope! Don’t walk away! We serve a loving God who wants us to have good lives. A Faithful God Who will order our steps, guiding and leading us, as we choose to trust and believe in Him.
Psalm 36:5 Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
Psalms 32:8 KJV – I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV – All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: