It started out a routine day: I checked on my mother-in-law; she said she’d eat some breakfast. I decided to boil 4 eggs for egg salad sandwiches later for lunch while I made her breakfast. I took her breakfast and proceeded downstairs to get myself ready for the day. Some time later I started back upstairs only to be hit with a foul odor. The closer I got to the kitchen the worse it became. I immediately spotted white stuff mixed with some yellow all over the floor and then I spotted a blackened pan with one and half eggs still stuck and burned to the bottom of the pan, and the gas flame was still going. I was cleaning egg from off the floor, the counters, light fixture and fan for an hour and trying to get rid of the horrible smell. I was finding pieces several hours later. I did have to laugh; it was quite the sight, but I also thanked the Lord I found it when I did–there could have been a fire.
Is there another lesson in this? Oh, yes, I think so. We may have every intention of doing something good for the Lord; we may even get started; but for whatever reason we can get sidetracked and involved in something of less importance. By the time we remember what we were going to do it may be too late; the damage could be done and the lingering effects could last a long time.
Cleaning up a kitchen is far easier than trying to clean up a mess in our own lives or other’s lives. My sauce pan will probably never look the same again, but it is still usable. Remember, even though we mess up and perhaps scars remain, God will forgive. He doesn’t put you in a cupboard marked, “unusable.”
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed” II Cor. 4:9.
Just don’t give up and quit–instead get up and keep going!