Adversity – so often we think that it’s only use is to frustrate us and make life difficult. So many times adversity is our door to opportunity. So many times adversity serves as a step to bring us closer to God.
When you understand that this life is about growing and about becoming more and more like God – loving, giving service, sharing our gifts and talents; then adversity’s gift becomes much more valuable.
We learn to play beautiful music after an extended time of practicing and producing less than beautiful music. We develop strong muscles and coordination after falling down as an infant and grueling work outs when we are older. We receive a small taste of what is must be like for God to watch us grow as we watch our own children through their struggles and triumphs.
The older I become, the more I am able to see that more often than not, my greatest source of adversity is myself. So very often, God takes me by the hand (figuratively speaking) and shows me that I just need to look at my life or a situation from a little different perspective. I should be used to it by now, but every time that happens, I continue to be amazed at how quickly the issue disappears with just a change in my understanding.
My burdens become much easier to carry when I allow God to give them their true size and significance rather than trying to assess them all by myself.
I hope that today’s story will leave a smile on your face and a taste of God’s love for you in your heart!:
Six-year-old Dan decided one Saturday morning to fix his parents pancakes. He found a big bowl and spoon, pulled a chair to the counter, opened the cupboard and pulled out the heavy flour canister, spilling it on the floor.
He scooped some of the flour into the bowl with his hands, mixed in most of a cup of milk and added some sugar, leaving a floury trail on the floor which by now had a few tracks left by his kitten.
Dan was covered with flour and getting frustrated. He wanted this to be something very good for Mom and Dad, but it was getting very bad.
He didn’t know what to do next, whether to put it all into the oven or on the stove, and he didn’t know how the stove worked! Suddenly, he saw his kitten licking from the bowl of mix and reached to push her away, knocking the egg carton to the floor. Frantically, he tried to clean up this monumental mess but slipped on the eggs, getting his pajamas white and sticky.
Just then he saw Dad standing at the door. Big crocodile tears welled up in Dan’s eyes. All he’d wanted to do was something good, but he’d made a terrible mess. He was sure a scolding was coming, maybe even a spanking. But his father just watched him.
Then, walking through the mess, he picked up his crying son, hugged him and loved him, getting his own pajamas white and sticky in the process. That’s how God deals with us. We try to do something good in life, but it turns into a mess. Our marriage gets all sticky, we insult a friend, we can’t stand our job, or our health goes sour.
Sometimes, we just stand there in tears because we can’t think of anything else to do. That’s when God picks us up and loves us and forgives us, even though some of our mess gets all over Him.
But just because we might mess up, we can’t stop trying for God or for others. Sooner or later, we’ll get it right, and then they’ll be glad we tried.
Story shared from the following website: http://varietyreading.carlsguides.com/christian-stories/pancakes.php
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