Wording With Purpose

The Spiritual Side of Dessert

Eclair Cake 2

Our family gathered recently to celebrate a birthday and though it was not her special day, granddaughter Fern held Grandpa’s attention most of the evening. With her new words, her animal sounds matched to the correct plastic beasts, and her repertoire of musical tunes, I could not take in all the wonders Fern shared. And Fern in her own precious way had a lesson for Grandpa. She taught me the spiritual side of dessert.

Fern’s dad, Daniel, requested Eclair Cake as his birthday treat along with ribs and mashed potatoes. This dessert, made from pudding and graham crackers with other stuff mixed in and layered on top, becomes an instant favorite for those who try it. Inquiring minds can follow the link for the Eclair Cake recipe.

Fern examined her serving of cake before carefully moving a spoonful to her mouth. Her vote was an instant, “Mmm!” She shoveled spoon after spoon without missing a beat. Shutting out distractions and focusing on the prize she was all about that dessert. One stray chunk dropped back to the plate but was quickly corralled with a finger and consumed. Nothing was wasted in Fern’s dessert experience.

She scraped the spoon across the plate to retrieve every spoon-able portion of cake. When we next glanced her way she had the plate up covering her face and that tiny tongue finished the cleanup amid the laughter of the adults gathered around the table.

Fern handed the nearly pristine plate to her Mom with one request, “More?”

Eclair Cake

Early next morning as I replayed the memory I had a moment of awakening. Fern’s disposition toward Éclair Cake should reflect my desire for God’s Word.

  • Do I approach Bible study with the same anticipation Fern demonstrated in her dessert conquest?
  • Am I careful to examine and analyze and research to get as much as possible from the text?
  • Will I focus my thoughts and shut out distractions to glean every tidbit as I devour the Word?
  • Is my appetite sated quickly or do I continually desire more?

Amanda wisely denied her daughter’s request for more dessert. Enough dessert is a plenty for a tiny tummy. But God delights in showering His blessings on us as we consume His Word. We can dig in and know with certainty the supply will never run short.

Fern on the Horse

That is one smart granddaughter.

O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! Psalm 34:8 NASB


  1. Debbie Hartman
    November 10, 2017    

    I enjoyed reading this and seeing how much she has grown.

    • November 10, 2017    

      Thanks, Debbie. Our love to you and Gary.

  2. Amanda
    November 9, 2017    

    She got the dessert gene! I’m glad Fern broke the ice so all the adults could lick their plates clean too. ;)

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