The coffee is brewing. The bacon is sizzling. And the sticky buns are baking.
Before the fire.
If you came to my house the morning of July 4th – before the infamous Upper Arlington Parade – you would have experienced this first hand.
I set my house on fire. And we’re not talking about fireworks.
This playing with fire tends to stress out my husband (aka the Fire Putter Outer). In fact, even before the flames, I can see him sweating while watching my crazed multi-tasking.
I’m frying eggs in one hand and cutting fruit with the other hand. Pouring cereal for daughter #1 (she doesn’t like eggs) while daughter #2 insists on cracking eggs herself for the sticky buns. Of course, she misses the bowl and we pick the egg shells out of the batter with our bare hands. It’s 7:30 am and the guests will arrive in 30 minutes. I sigh in relief when the sticky buns enter the oven at 7:35 am. Finally, I can chug my coffee.
Then the smoke starts. The sticky buns are sticky. We use real butter. And everyone knows that real butter burns.
My husband tries to detain the smoke, but it’s no use. The flames are upon us. He throws water on the fire and quickly squashes it. (He then exits stage left to get some “air”.)
I am determined to save these sticky buns. The real butter (albeit burnt) is calling me. The guests don’t arrive for 20 minutes. This gives me time to clear the smoke, turn on the fans, and transfer the buns into a new pan.
And these buns are delicious. After breakfast, we have plenty of eggs and fruit left. Even the bacon remains. But the sticky buns are gone. Every last one.
A guest remarks, “I love these sticky buns. Can you give me the recipe?”
My husband gives me the look and I laugh out loud.
Being a mom, wife, daughter, lawyer, and writer has a lot to do with saving sticky buns. The fire will come. I’m convinced that we spend too much time trying to prevent the fire when we really need to prepare for the fire.
Because once you make it through the fire, you have nothing to fear.
Each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. (1 Cor 3:13 ESV)