What is it with me and eggs? You may remember my previous post called “Don’t Let Your Eggs Boil Over,” in which I explained how I make hard boiled eggs. Just going through the process of cooking eggs seems to put me in the zone for writing a post. Why? I do not know, but it happened once again this weekend.
I was teaching Rebecca how I make fried eggs “once over lightly.” Rebecca is an inexperienced cook, so I had to meticulously instruct her step by step. As I did so, I couldn’t help but notice how crucial was the timing of each step. From putting the butter into the pan at the onset (just when the pan is somewhat hot, but not too hot or it will burn the butter); on to watching the whites of the eggs so they are firm but not overcooked; down to the exact moment at the end when you flip the eggs so the yolk will be somewhat runny, but not hard.
Yes, this is an exact procedure that requires close attention to timing. It made me think about how life is just like that. (I’m at the time where I do a lot of reflection about life. I don’t know if Rebecca is at this point yet.) Although life requires precise timing, I’ve come to realize that I do not have much control over life’s events. But I do trust the One that does. Of course, I am referring to God.
One of my favorite Bible passages is from the book of Jeremiah (chapter 29:11-13). It reads:
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord; plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you hope and a future.”
I love the thought of God saying those words directly to me. It comforts me to know that God actually has a plan for my life, which is great because many of the plans I personally made for myself have not come to fruition. It makes me feel like I still have a divinely planned purpose for being here on earth, even though my own plans were not all meant to be.
This passage also reassures me that God plans to work out life’s challenging situations for me so that no harm comes to me. This, obviously, requires that I trust Him enough to follow His lead and let Him actually work things out. Not so easy for me to do. It would mean I would have to adhere to that old saying, “Let go and let God.”
Some of you may agree with me that when circumstances become grim, it’s very hard not to jump in there and try to fix things on your own. But I have learned that fixing things on my own can lead to an even greater mess; and when I “let go and let God,” He really does meet me as I trust in Him. This allows Him to bring about resolution to my difficulties. I also have to accept that His way of solving any predicament is better than my own (even though I may not entirely concur with His resolution).
Back to the scripture, it gets even better. I can have hope in the future that He has planned for me. Who out there hasn’t felt a bit hopeless at some point in life? (If, at times, you have not felt this way, you are very fortunate.) For me, losing hope is an easy thing to fall into. So, when I start to feel hopeless, I strengthen my resolve to believe the promise from God in this passage of Jeremiah. I can have hope in a good future for myself because God says so, and I believe Him. I try to keep it simple. It works for me.
If you like things to be simple, too, I encourage you to think about what I am expressing here. God’s promises are for each one of us. You can have hope in your future because God has a good plan for your life, too!
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