“The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?”
I am notorious for questioning EVERYTHING. I want to know and understand every part of everything. I am constantly seeking and searching for answers when I get even the hint of doubt or uncertainty. About anything. My kid has a runny nose. Go to Google and find out it could be a cold or some fatal illness. Take your pick. My baby has suddenly rebelled against sleep of all forms. Go to Google and read exactly 9,763 ways to get her to sleep. I don’t understand something in the bible. Go to Google and try to sort through biblical sources of information and those that are from an entirely different kingdom.
You get the idea. I can’t stand to be uncertain about anything. I get overwhelmed so quickly when I don’t immediately know every aspect of a given situation. Getting overwhelmed is my immediate reaction, followed by impatience and frustration. Those things don’t usually bear fruits that glorify the Lord. They often result in saying or doing things that I will immediately regret.
And the funny thing is, my constant search to know everything is probably keeping me from the one thing I seek the most, God’s wisdom. His knowledge that will guide me throughout each step of my day. His wisdom and his knowledge is sufficient for EVERY situation, so why is it not my first instinct to seek it instead of the world’s? I see the destruction that the world creates, I see where worldly knowledge gets us. Yet, I seek it first above the kingdom of God. Most often, without even realizing I am doing it.
A wise person (Melissa) once told me, “Go to God, not Google”. This is a real struggle with me. It is a struggle with control and pride, wanting to know everything about my situation, about my circumstances, and for some reason believing that I am worthy enough to be privy to that information! It is the cry of my heart that the Lord would take away that pride, would destroy the need in me to have control over things, so that I might fully be able to go to Him, to rely on His knowledge. How much further in my life could I go if I could just do that one, seemingly simple, thing? We are all works in progress. I am no different. My heart delights in the Lord, in His provision and grace and mercy. But I fall short EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I need to let go. We all need to let go. At some point or another, whether we realize it or not, we are trying to control everything. Struggling to hang on and make some sense out of this life. But if you are saved, you don’t have to. Our Creator has only our best interests in mind, He only wants good for us, to bestow upon us the blessings He has promised. We just have to let go and choose to receive them.
Makes 8-12 scones
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 cup milk
6 oz semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup prepared caramel sauce (store-bought or homemade)
3/4 cup shredded coconut
- Preheat oven to 400˚ and line a baking sheet with parchment.
- Whisk together the first four ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add the butter into the dry ingredients and mix with a pastry cutter or your hands until it resembles a coarse meal, with pieces no larger than a pea.
- Add in milk and continue to work with your hands to bring the mixture together to form a dough.
- Turn the dough onto your lightly floured work surface and divide in half. Shape each piece into a disk about 1/2 inch thick. Cut each disk into 4 or 6 pieces. These are very rich so I like to cut them into 6 pieces. Transfer to prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the edges begin to lightly brown. Let the scones cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Place the chocolate in a microwave safe dish that is big enough to fit your scones. Microwave the chocolate in 15 second intervals, stirring after every time, until chocolate is melted and smooth.
- Once the scones are completely cool, dip scones into melted chocolate and put on wax paper to let set.
- Stir together caramel sauce and shredded coconut. Spread some of the mixture onto each scone to create a thin layer. Drizzle the remaining chocolate onto each scone. Let the chocolate set again before serving.
Source: Tracey’s Culinary Adventures