(The above image isn’t a cookie, but it’s sweet and sugary and stuffed with calories — which is exactly how I like my food and it’s also not gluten and dairy free–which unfortunately is how I also like my food)
Last Thursday I had the pleasure to attend a Ladies night. The event was hosted by a woman named Romana (MoMo—as her grandkids call her). MoMo welcomed a dozen college-aged females in her home by feeding us a dangerously delicious meal and taking the time to fellowship with us. As a college student, there is no better feeling than a home cooked meal and spending time off campus in a HOME.
On top of their hospitality we had the opportunity to gather in God’s word together. Multiple generations of women gathered together reading God’s word…I mean, you tell me you can’t feel the Holy Spirit present just reading about it. Ms. Carolyn spoke a powerful message about using your past as a platform for the Kingdom of God. The first scripture we went over was:
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
Wowza! These words just came to life for me. Recently I’ve heard and seen so many terrible things happening to innocent people. People I truly know are God’s children and I can’t help but ask myself that age old question that never seems to have an answer, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” At some point in our life we’ve all asked, “Why me? Or Why them God…they don’t deserve that?”
Midway through the bible study Ms. Carolyn spoke of a testimony that, my gracious, it will just break your heart. In short, it is about a bride who spent her first year of marriage in complete tragedy and then as things were looking up another heart-breaking circumstance strangled her life. If you would like to know the ins and outs (which I highly encourage) please read Terry Gobanga.
Of course, my immediate thought to this was, “Why God? This woman surely does not deserve this?” And I’m right, this woman does not deserve it and God doesn’t think so either. Then this analogy popped up into my head.
A cookie. Cookies are so good, like oh my goodness I have a major sweet tooth and just thinking about it right now just makes my mouth water. However, what happens when you break a cookie? It crumbles right? Little crumbs are created, and these crumbs are just as good. Well I think this is what happens when bad things happen to good people.
Let’s continue reading before I finish this thought.
9What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
This, wow, just makes my mouth water like a cookie (not really but my heart is so joyful while reading this.)
When God “breaks” his children, his child has two options: To use it for God’s glory or to be resentful and question.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
When we choose to use it for God’s glory, those crumbs or broken pieces that are the rubble from our pain, our brokenness, our trials, well they are used for the GLORY OF GOD.
You see God doesn’t think you deserve it, but he does know that through the trial he puts you through HE will be glorified, and His kingdom can multiply. We don’t break cookies because they deserve it, we break cookies to multiply the delight in the cookie.
God wants to use the crumbs from your broken cookie, are you going to let him?
As the first verse said, there is a time for everything, which means yes there is a time to mourn, but then there is a time to rejoice. Then there is the time to use those crumbs for HIS GLORY. We cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end, but we can rest in the promise that it is for our good.