"For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose" (Philippians 2:13 NIV) Do you sometimes feel like all your life has disappeared? That all the characteristics that made up the real you are no longer visible? When I was thinking about this today, I remembered how I used to love to bake. First came the white sugar and yellow butter. As the beating progressed, they took on a different shape, color, and consistency. Then came the egg. What a mess it made! Soon it was time to add the flour. It looked so white and clean, but was swallowed up almost immediately. Everything was losing its identity. It was all a sickly beige. It reminded me of when I learned that my pain and aching wouldn't go away and that I had arthritis and fibromyalgia. God wanted to make some changes in my life. I protested, "No, LORD! I'll lose my identity! I'll lose all my color, my reputation, my fun! I'll be a nobody." But God put the changes in my life anyway and I continued to cry out against them. I was unwilling to be swallowed up, uncomfortable, unrecognizable for the LORD God's sake. Thankfully He has continued to work in my life. In much the same way as I took the butter and the flour and made a cake out of it, so God has taken my life and is making something good out of it. He slowed me down so I would learn to know Him. He has given me lots of opportunities to encourage others. A cake is mixed and baked, then eaten and gone. But with God, He's still busy changing and making improvements. He's not finished with me yet! Dear Father, I'm so glad that You are The Master Baker. Thank You for being in the business of making something good out of our lives; especially mine. Amen. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* About the Author: Beryl Henne lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband of 34 years. Her challenges include myofascial pain syndrome/fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and hypoglycemia. She is a freelance editor and writer, and works with her husband, as she is able, for a Christian custom book publisher. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* These are provided by Rest Ministries on the Web.