The bananas were black, wrinkled, rotten. Both children turned up collective crinkled noses. Ew. Those are gross!
And then I suggested muffins.
As we mixed and stirred, broke open eggs and split black skins, I realized how much I had in common with the rotten bananas. With my black mistakes, hidden sins of the past, I sometimes think nothing can be done to salvage my mess.
And then God suggests the delicious.
Because His grace is sufficient for me. For you. He takes our broken. Our hurts. Our pain. And mixes in the sweetness of His mercy. He makes us beautiful.
We often look at ourselves through the same lens my children looked at the rotten bananas—useless. Ready for the trash. But Jesus sees us as we can be. When we offer ourselves up, allowing our sweet Savior to split our black hearts and pour in grace, we become more than we ever dreamed.
For God causes all things to work together for the good, for those who love Him, and for those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
So this chilly weekend, enjoy some time in the kitchen. Remember how the God of heaven and earth sees you as you can be. You may even want to try my own doctored up recipe for my family’s favorite Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins found below.
Decadent. Sweet. Delicious. Just like you.
- 2 sticks (1cup) butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 3-5 ripe bananas (however many you want to use up—I used 4)
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup milk (I use whole)
- 1 Tbs vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp fresh nutmeg (1/4 tsp ground)
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Mash the bananas in a small bowl and set aside. I use a fork and like to leave some chunks throughout.
- Cream softened butter and sugar in your mixer. Add eggs one at a time. Mix until completely combined.
- In a bowl, combine your dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking power, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg.
- Add the vanilla to your milk.
- Alternating with the milk, add your dry ingredients to the mixer until both are combined. Don’t over mix.
- Stir in your chocolate chips by hand and scoop batter into greased or lined muffin pans.
- Bake 15-25 minutes. I have found the baking time to largely depend on your oven.
- Trick – when your muffins begin to pull away from the sides of the pan, they are probably done. Use a toothpick (or broom straw if you’re from my grandma’s house) to test for doneness. If it comes out clean, the muffins are perfect.
- Enjoy your incredible muffins and dwell on the goodness of our Jesus who creates amazing from our rotten.