Let Them Eat Cake

My friend at school had her birthday yesterday and another one of the teachers made her a red velvet cake… positively loaded with icing.

It looked… awesome.

And it looked… terrible.

It looked so awesome tasty and that’s what made it look terrible. It looked like a terrible turn off the path for me. I eyed that cake through most of lunch… talking about it in my mind.

I don’t have to eat it.

But it is her birthday, so you’d better have some.

Yeah, but no one will notice if you don’t eat it.

Oh, what if the girl who made it notices if I don’t eat it and she gets her feelings hurt thinking my decline means that I don’t think it will taste good?

Maybe I could slip out before she even offers it.

But, I mean, it’s just one slice.

And that’s what got me. I remembered all the times that I’ve said “just one” and then later that always turns into “Well, since I already had one then I might as well…”

But then I remembered two other times that I’ve quite successfully celebrated my own birthday without cake… when I turned 34 and when I turned 35.

So I said to myself “Ya know. It will still be Adria’s birthday even if I don’t have cake.”

Annnnnnnnd that was it.

The struggle was over. I sat through the rest of lunch, cake-less.

But also stressless. sugarless. guiltless. gluttonless.

And yet despite all that “less”, I sure was…

HopeFULL!

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Comments

  1. peggy says

    I just started my first Daniel fast this morning. Watching my husband eat the last piece of cake before he left for work. I’m have hot water with lemon and it taste so much better after reading your cake story. Stay strong God is mighty!!! Peggy

  2. says

    so true! All the times I struggle when a group f us go out and the times I don’t eat, I walk away going…I had just as much fun as if I would have ate but I feel good about myself that I didn’t eat “just cuz” everyone else was…sometimes it is hard to explain away when everyone is asking why you aren’t eating, but they don’t know our struggles! Good for you! And really and truely it isn’t worth it! Stand your ground and rejoice in your free will and what God has put before you!!!

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