I read a devotional a while back… it was my two year old son’s worship time. I was feeling super down that day. I could not find the new devotional story book we bought for my son, so I turned to his old one… and maybe it was just supposed to be.
Max Lucado wrote:
"In the center of the table, I placed a collection of fruit, raw vegetables, and Oreo cookies. ‘Every day’ I explained, ‘God prepares for us a plate of experiences. What kind of plate do you most enjoy?’"
I automatically thought, “give me the cookies”, as did Max’s daughter.
"Some days are like that aren’t they? Some days are "three-cookie days". But many are not. Sometimes our plate has nothing but vegetables - twenty four hours of celery, carrots, and squash. God knows how to build up our muscles. It may be hard to swallow, but isn’t it for our own good? Most days, however, have a little bit of everything.
The next time your plate-er, day - has more “broccoli” than “Oreos”, remember who made it. And if you’re finding it all a little hard to swallow, talk to God about it. Jesus did.”
WOW! Talk about God’s timing.
I have my battles just like everyone else. Health issues, anxiety, fear, doubt, finances… you name it! But I have to remind myself who my God is. He created me. So if he created me, He knows how to fix me and my problems! Right? I must remember this… at least I am trying so hard to. And not only that… but these plate full of veggies days, are what makes my character stronger.
* Max Lucado, Grace for the Moment, p. 316.