Think of all the things you put together to make a cake. If eaten individually, they wouldn't taste very good. A raw egg wouldn't taste good by itself. Dry cake mix wouldn't either. And so on...
That's how it is in our lives - there are situations that, in the moment, don't taste very good.
They aren't fun.
They're hard to accept and hard to deal with and sometimes may even seem unbearable.
God takes these situations and mixes them all together and with everything else in our lives, and suddenly, it all tastes good.
All the ingredients mix together to create something tasty and wonderful, and you look back at all the raw ingredients and smile because all of a sudden, they're not painful anymore and they no longer leave a bad taste in your mouth because they are part of the reason that you're where you are today.
Think about that when going through hard times. They might seem hopeless, but they have a beautiful purpose.
On their own, the situations/ingredients are yucky, but when combined, they are magically transformed.
...And you're sitting there enjoying your red velvet or carrot or funfetti cake,
and it's all because of Romans 8:28.
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."