Tuesday, April 20, 2010

"Mini Wheats", Formerly Known as "Frosted"

I've been sitting down doing my morning ritual on facebook. Farming a little. Chatting with Mom. Leaving a labor tip on my cousin's wall. Being anxious for her little girl to arrive (it's getting harder and harder to come up with a labor tip of the day)! All the while playing with Emily.

As I headed in to the kitchen to get breakfast for the girls, I could hear the crinkling of the cereal bag. There on the table were 9 pieces of Frosted Mini-Wheats. Rachel had been helping herself. Taking 1 piece out of the bag, nibbling off the frosted side and leaving the other half lying on the table.

If only life were that easy. If only we could just nibble off the good stuff and toss the rest aside.

Of course, that only sounds like a good idea! Where would we be if we could opt out of anything in life we didn't care for?

Avoiding anything unpleasant or painful would be nice. But missing out on what God has planned would not be worth it in the end. The beauty He brings from ashes. The message that He shares through our messes. A closer walk with Him. A deeper trust. An intimate relationship with Him. A greater understanding of who He is. The list goes on and on.

I am so thankful that "in all things God works for the good of those who love him..." (Romans 8:28)

(Also, I am thankful that Rachel was leaving her nibbled cereal on the table and not putting them back in the bag.)