Have you ever had a cake that looks incredible but tastes horrible? All the effort was put into the decorating, but the recipe just falls flat?
As our priest talked to our high school seniors this weekend, he likened their plans for the future to a cake. Most of them, and most of us, make our plans by looking at what education we need, where we are going to live, what we want to do, and many other factors. All of these are important and we do well to make our plans intentionally. This is our cake.
On top of the cake, we place the icing of our spiritual lives. “If I have time, I’ll go to church or pray.” “I’ll give money/time to church and charity when I have some to give.”
The thing that struck me was that even if our icing is really beautiful and thick, if the cake is dry and bitter, it just isn’t good. It’s really not worth eating.
If we turn it around and place God in the main ingredients of the cake, if we make our plans based on the fruit of prayer, and the leadings of the Holy Spirit, how much richer is the cake that we have made? God knows the best place for us to go to school. He knows the career that will make the biggest impact in our lives and in the lives of others. He knows which of our talents need to shine the brightest. The other ingredients could all be the same, but there is that little something extra that makes the taste explode when God is at the center and not a decoration on the top.
That cake doesn’t even need icing.