A post on Facebook the other day got me thinking about being grateful for closed doors and unanswered prayers. I know they seem like strange things to be thankful for, but think about it… Wherever you are in life, you’ve obviously had doors closed and prayers gone unanswered. For instance, when it was time for me to make my choice about college, I had scholarships at several universities. The one university that I really wanted to go to offered a full tuition scholarship to any student who scored above a certain number on the ACT. Well, I knew my parents didn’t really have the money to send me to college, but I really wanted to go. So, I studied and worked my rear off and finally got the score I wanted (after a few tries). Well, I’ll save you the dramatic details, but it didn’t work out. I had the apartment and everything, but that door closed. As result, I found myself at a local university that was only about 30 minutes from home. It ended up as the most amazing college experience I could have ever imagined. And chances are had I not found myself close to home, I may not have rekindled the relationship with my high school sweetheart and might not be married to her right now with the most amazing little boy. You see where I’m going here? While it was traumatic not being able to go to my dream college, I ended up having something even better happen. It can be something simple like catching a glimpse of a beautiful rainbow on the way home only because you got diverted to another route because of traffic or an accident. It can be something big like ending up with an amazing spouse and best friend because God didn’t see fit to answer that prayer of ending up with the most popular girl in school. Things have a way of working out. Whether you find yourself on the pinnacle of life or down in the valley, you’re there for a reason. And though you may not always have the vision to see it, the door that was slammed in your face was slammed because the sun is streaming through a window right around the corner and it’s the sunshine you need to see. You’ve just got to have the courage to go open that window.
When I was growing up, one of my Dad’s best friends was a diabetic. This was a recipe that my Mom made for him all the time so he could have dessert, too. I’ve offered it up two ways so you can choose if you want to go the low sugar route or not. Y’all enjoy!