Green Pastures, quiet waters
GREEN PASTURES, QUIET WATERS
Trials? Tribulations? YUCK!! An old children’s story worth repeating.
A little boy is telling his Grandma how “everything” is going wrong for him. School, Dad’s always mad at him, he is getting bullied on the playground, etc. Meanwhile, Grandma is baking a cake. She asks the child if he would like a snack, which of course he did.
“Well good.” Said Grandma. “Here, have some cooking oil.”
“Yuck!” said the child, making a face.
“Well, then, how about a couple raw eggs?”
“Oh Grandma, NO. That’s just gross!” responded the boy.
“Oh that’s too bad.” Grandma replied, “then how about some flour – or maybe baking soda?”
“Gracious, Grandma, that’s all just yucky stuff. I can’t eat that!”
To which Grandma replied, “Yes, all those things seem bad, each by itself. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake. God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good. We just have to trust Him and eventually they will make something wonderful.”
The child was listening intently and was happy to wait and see what would come out of the oven.
When the cake was finally ready, he said he was glad he had waited until Grandma had put all the yucky stuff together because all the yucky stuff made it taste good when it was finally finished.
I like that story. I can relate and I am sure each of you can as well. When things come upon us that are unpleasant and even painfully difficult, we sometimes begin to review each of the various things that have “gone wrong” and start asking the big “Why?!” I have been prone to ask, “Was all this really necessary, Lord? Could You not have done things an easier way?”
What would have happened if Grandma had left out even one of the cake’s ingredients because the child did not like them? It certainly would not have been what was designed by the one who wrote the recipe.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28
B. Klassen bea.k@ bell.net