I got caught today! I was afraid it would happen.
The grandkids were down for their naps, and I had a few minutes to myself. I decided to do something I rarely do. I put on a mask. It wasn’t a Halloween mask. It was a bright green avocado and oatmeal clay mask. Granted, it’s not my best look, but I like how my face feels when I’m done.
As soon as I applied the slimy mixture to my face, it dawned on me that I might not have quite enough time for the drying to be complete before naptime ended. But I almost made it.
Sure enough, shortly before the process was finished, I heard a door squeak.
Right away, my mind raced back almost three years to another time I’d been caught. Not with a green face, but with wet hair. I’d been babysitting our newborn grandson for only a few weeks, and I was re-learning how to organize my schedule to accommodate an infant. For example, naptime for him meant hair-washing time for me. It had been working splendidly.
One day, though, he woke up before I’d dried my hair. He was not pleased. Who had taken his Mimi, and who (or what) was this strange-looking creature leaning down to pick him up? I hadn’t thought a thing about it until I realized he was startled by my appearance. He didn’t recognize me in my “wet hair disguise.” I felt horrible for scaring him.
A few weeks later, I learned he didn’t like the “Mimi-without-her-glasses-on” look either. In his young mind, he knew what Mimi looked like, and THAT wasn’t it!
So today, I decided to avoid the scare by announcing myself.
”Mimi has a funny face on today,” I called down the hallway. It worked. Sure enough, as soon as he saw me, he started giggling. It wasn’t scary any more. He’d learned Mimi still has a Mimi’s heart in spite of how she looks from day to day.
That got me to thinking. Sometimes I become frightened when the appearance of a situation in my life doesn’t look like I’d expected. My vivid imagination likes to set up scenarios as to how things will work out.
But sometimes my imaginings are wrong.
At times, I have mentally forecasted a long-lived, sweet relationship with a friend, only to be cut off unexpectedly and permanently from any relationship at all.
I have anticipated health and been surprised by serious illness. I have expected to get ahead a bit financially, only to spend the money on a washing machine repair. Sometimes my sunny outlook has turned into a rainy day.
It happens to everyone. Life can get really tough.
What I have sometimes failed to recognize is God’s perfect will being played out in every one of those situations. I’ve dismissed disappointments as troubles rather than as blessings in disguise.
Sometimes God must remove someone or something from my life in order to replace it with a far superior gift. He provides a little extra money ahead of time, knowing my washer is about to fizzle. He removes my health and strength to demonstrate His strength working in and through my weakness.
His gifts of grace, comfort, peace, faith, love, and even honor often come wrapped in odd-looking packages which I fear to open. They simply don’t meet my pre-formed ideal of goodness.
My car broke down . . . .
I’m forced to make a move, leaving something or someone behind . . . .
My plans were not graciously received . . . .
I broke a tooth . . . .
The bill is much larger than anticipated . . . .
I blew this test . . . .
May my desire be to complete each of the sentences above, by faith, with these words: “because God loves me and has a plan to bless and use me for His glory.”
Even if it doesn’t look quite right.
Now I need to run and dry my hair because baby sister is going to awaken soon. She’s not yet learned that appearances can be deceiving. I hope some day, she and I will both have figured that out! I don’t need to fear those disguises any more.
I know Who is behind them!
”And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God.” Romans 8:28