A couple of weeks ago, the banks of the Great Mississippi River were flooding. National Guardsmen in sturdy boots and hundreds of residents lined its banks, passing sandbags from hand to hand, piling up all their human strength to stop all the power of the great river. It was working and their plans and houses were safe.
But then a muskrat decided to take a swim. It burrowed through the sandbags, and the levee broke. With all our technology and all our might, a muskrat can still crumble our neat-cornered lives into chaos.
I'm reading The Shack right now, and I'm not sure if I like it or not. But I just read one line regarding why the author thinks God placed poisonous plants in creation: "Ask any person who has a passion to explore and discover and create. The choice to hide so many wonders from you is an act of love that is a gift inside the process of life."
We, and I, want such tidy lives. We want to control. And when we can't control, we want to blame. But this isn't a tidy world. Muskrats abound. Poisonous plants abound. I'm not sure if I quite agree (or understand) what the author says about poisonous plants being an act of love. But at least I can remember that this life is an adventure. We can't control it, and we can't blame all the problems caused by a mighty river and a bitty muskrat on the government or the army or or gardener or anyone else we can sue.
It's easier to think of a muskrat as a gift when I'm the one on my couch eating cupcakes (yes, cupcakes), and not the one whose home has been destroyed. But at least I can remember that as much as I try to sew my life into tight corners and 90 degree angles, it's really no use. The river is mightier, and God's never seemed too concerned with tidiness.
Now, on the Cupcakes.
We made some crazy cupcakes tonight, cupcakes I'm deciding to call
Hazelnut Buttered Jelly Donut Cupcakes
We made cupcakes, then injected them with Mike's mom's homemade wildberry jam. For frosting, I realized I didn't have powdered sugar, so I combined 5 T butter with 1 1/2 T Nutella, then about 1/2 cup brown sugar. Since there's not as much sugar as in most frostings, it's super creamy (read buttery), but it's actually really good. It is quite a decadent treat.