A visiting Preacher was attending a men’s breakfast in Ohio Farm Country. He asked one of the impressive older farmers in attendance to say grace that morning. After all were seated, the older farmer began …..
“Lord, I hate buttermilk” The preacher opened one eye and wondered to himself where this was going. Then the farmer loudly proclaimed, “Lord I hate lard.”
Now the Preacher was overly worried. However, without missing a beat, the farmer prayed on. “And Lord, you know I don’t care much for raw white flour.
Just as the Preacher was ready to stand and stop everything, the farmer continued, “But Lord, when you mix ‘em all together and bake’em up, I do love fresh biscuits. So Lord, when things come up we don’t like, when life gets hard, when we just don’t understand what you are sayin’ to us, we just need to relax and wait ‘till You are done mixin’, and probably it will be somethin’ even better than biscuits. Amen.”
I have to agree with the old farmer. Often I am at a loss to figure out what God is doing when pain, sorrow and problems come into my life. Yet, I must remember that God is God, and I’m not. As the Lord tells us in Isaiah 55:8, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
My job is not to understand or figure it all out. My job is to trust and wait patiently (Proverbs 3:5-6) Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Like the old farmer says, “What God is cooking up may even be better than biscuits.”
Have a great week!
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Tuesday Morning on the Run
Inspirational thoughts from Pastor Barry Lawson