A little boy was telling his grandma how "everything" was going wrong. School problems, family problems, health problems — you name it.
Meanwhile, Grandma was baking a cake. She asked her grandson if he would like a snack. He said yes, of course.
"Here, have some cooking oil."
"Yuck," says the boy.
"How would you like a couple of raw eggs?"
"Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?"
"Grandma, those are all yucky!"
"Yes, all those things seem bad by themselves, but when they are put together in the right way, and you add a little heat, they make a wonderfully delicious cake!" she said.
God works the same way. Many times, we wonder why he would let us go through such difficult times, but God knows when he puts his things in order, they always work for good. We just have to trust him and, eventually, something wonderful will be made.
Much in life is a matter of perspective.
Far too many people find it easier to complain about circumstances. Far too many people place blame on other persons for their own plight.
What would it be like for you, personally, if your perspective changed just a little bit?
What if, instead of griping about something, you looked for the bit of positive influence the situation can have?
What if you asked God for wisdom and insight to your current situation?
Do you have the patience to work through all the little seemingly disjointed pieces to achieve a much greater purpose?
Can you stand a "little heat" so you can grow in strength and stamina?
It's a matter of perspective. When the soldiers of Israel saw Goliath, they thought to themselves, "He is so big that we could never kill him." When David saw Goliath, he thought to himself, "He is so big that I cannot miss him."
Trust God. Change your perspective. Find life's blessings.
The Rev. Mark Broadhead is pastor at Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of Crestview.