DREAMS AND DISAPPOINTMENT

Ahhhh…..dreams and disappointment.  What, both of those words in the same sentence? Yeah…..I’m there today.

In the past couple of days, a fellow blogger posted a link to a recipe for snickerdoodles.  These snickerdoodles were some I could have. Now, before I had to go gluten-free, I never even made snickerdoodles.  Well, if I did, I didn’t make enough to put them in the memory bank.

Since going gluten-free, it’s interesting the things I look at that I never would have before.  I did peruse the recipe.  I knew I had everything on hand. Closed the link, and went about my day.

And this morning, I wake up from a dream about those snickerdoodles!!!  REALLY?????!!!!!  Yeah, and even geographical information about the blog were in my dream.  Yeah….I love dreams.  What was the purpose of that dream?  I don’t know, but I decided “Why not? I have time today, I’ll make me some gluten-free snickerdoodles!”

I was so excited.  Pulled out all the ingredients.  Made sure I had what I needed. Did everything.  Even put in the items listed in the recipe, but not the directions. As I was going along, I was taking pictures of the process so I could make a post.

Exciting day for me because I love to cook.  Not so much bake.  But…I could enjoy it.

I put the first batch of cookies in the oven.  Set the timer for 15 minutes, and go do some things around the house. I return to the kitchen when the timer starts beeping.  I open the oven door in hopeful anticipation.  AND WHAT IS THAT?????  Hummmmm, they look kinda burned.  And they are all flat.

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In my mind, I start going through the ingredients list.  Did I put in baking powder? Yep.  What about the salt?  Yep.  And everything else listed.  BUT those things that just came out of the oven do not look like cookies – gluten full or free!

So, I change-up how I do the second batch.  I don’t fork them flat as you do traditional snickerdoodle cookies.  I oil the pan, which the original instructions just said to chill it. And I put them in the oven. I set the timer for 3 less minutes and wait.

Yeah, I hope for a different outcome.  I realize that I didn’t change anything in the actual make-up of the cookies.  I was putting hope in the final technique. Less amount of cooking, more plump before the heat started. I was ready when the timer sounded again.

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Nope. They don’t look much different. Yep, my dreams of nice fluffy snickerdoodles turned in to disappointment.

Well, kinda.  Since we don’t believe in throwing any form of food away around here, I’ve been thinking.  I could crumble them all up (which will be real easy as they are already crisp) and add a little more oil to turn them in to a pie crust.  Like maybe for cheesecake.  Or, I could just use them as a crunchy topping for ice cream.  Grab some marshmallow cream when I go the store tomorrow and make cookie sandwiches. Truth is, I won’t throw them away.  I will find something to do with them.

And I will find a snickerdoodle recipe that works right! Because my next dream was pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies.  I am cooking my decorative pumpkins today to make puree, and of course have to come up with ideas for the puree……

Have your dreams turned to disappointments? I don’t like the word “failure”. It seems so permanent. So, judgmental. So, without hope. Yeah, I could trash those cookies.  And in the grand scheme of things, they are inconsequential, but they are a reminder that the loss of an original dream does not mean the end.

In your life, God has a plan for you.  And so does Satan.  He wants you to be a failure.  He wants the loss of dreams to be permanent.  He wants to judge you. He wants you without hope. He wants you to see it as the end.

Don’t let Satan have victory over the disappointment of a dream.  Allow God to make something good of it.

John 10:10 Dreams and Disappointments

John 10:10 Dreams and Disappointments

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