Maybe I was looking for a reason to laugh that day as I was talking with my son on the phone I opened my refrigerator door to take out the eggs so I could make some breakfast for myself, and I started laughing out loud! Of course my son not being able to see me and certainly not understanding what I was saying while laughing, was totally confused; I think he was about to dial 911 thinking I was having some type of spasm!
Every day we make decisions that affect our whole life and you may not even realize it. Think of seeing a large design of dominoes all standing like little soldiers in a row until the first one in the row falls over and then the little tiles tumble one at a time until they are all laying prone with the little white dots facing the ceiling. Can you think of an action that has caused a string of reactions? Yeah and so can I. Sometimes it is just a word that can change the course of everything and try as you might you can never take it back. We might try to get rid of the garbage from our lives and we think it is safely disposed of when up pops the devil!
It seems the temptation hunts you down and runs you over and just when you think you have it conquered there is always a willing friend to help you find your way back into it! In my world that would amount to being very strict on a diet when one day my daughter or son brings in a chocolate cheesecake or pistachio almond fudge ice cream for me!
1 Corinthians 10:13 “No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.”
So what was so funny and how does it apply?
I had made a broccoli casserole and also a cornbread and squash casserole for Sunday dinner and I had so much food that there were a lot of leftovers, which are normally all gone by Tuesday evening, but somehow that week that didn’t happen! I had looked in the refrigerator and saw I needed to clean out the old food to make way for groceries so I set the casserole dish with the left over broccoli casserole in it out on the cabinet to be dealt with when I finished doing some other chores. I came back into the kitchen before long and the dish was gone but when I opened the fridge door there it was back on the shelf. I didn’t think much about it and just set it out again, but again I got distracted and it got put back in its place in the fridge. That night I set it out again and again was deterred in disposing of it in a way that wouldn’t attract all the possums, raccoons and possible coyote that my yard and porch attract. I forgot about it in getting ready for bed. Fast-forward to the next morning and see me talking on the phone to my son and opening the refrigerator door for my eggs, opening the door and seeing the BROCCOLI CASSEROLE back in the refrigerator!
I thought of all the times that something gets thrown away that I meant to keep and here this was something I was tryingto get rid of that someone was taking the time to put back in the refrigerator thinking it was a mistake that it was sitting out!
Next time just go ahead and throw the garbage, and that temptation out instead of leaving it on the cabinet, which is an open invitation to just put it right back in its place in the fridge of your life!