During my son's soccer practice I worked on making a new meal on our menu plan that is emailed to me each week. My two little ones were circling me in the kitchen, expressing their disapproval of my inattention to their wants. I was trying to get the table set, make sure that everything that was being cooked was done at the same time. It was working, fortunately! I even had the drinks ready and waiting on the table (that doesn't happen too often).
Husband and son came in the door, I sat down ---
"What was that!?" I shrieked as my daughter started screaming and crying, reaching for me. It sounded like a gun had gone off in the house. There was glass everywhere and the dark corner of the room was now a reddish purple. The grape pop had exploded all over the corner of the room. Just like that we were up surveying the damage. Our kitchen is yellow and white. I started thinking, "Why couldn't they have made lemon lime pop!? UGH, this mess is going to take forever to clean up! I could just cry - look at the walls! It's on the ceiling too!? Glass everywhere... Seriously??"
My husband began alternating between trying to laugh at the horrendous mess, and apologizing. I was extremely aggravated, but holding my tongue. For the life of me, I was trying to think of some way out of this situation. It's was so messy in every respect that all I wanted to do was retreat.
That's when it hit me - "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." -1 Thessalonians 5:18
"Thank you Lord that my babies and I were not standing over there next to the stove - next to the pop. Thank you Lord, that everyone was a safe distance away. Thank you Lord that this is the biggest problem we have had all day."
All of my anger melted. Immediately. We were ok. So maybe the kitchen was sticky, so maybe we had a lot to clean up, yes my crockpot was broken, the ceiling and walls had stained, a couple pictures were ruined. In the scheme of life, this was a miniscule bump. This was something we could laugh about, fortunately!
I patted my husband on the back and said "I'm not upset. I'm just glad everyone is ok." and started in on cleaning. It took about five hours altogether. It was not a quick fix. I can tell you that nobody in this house has any desire to make any kind of pop any time soon!
Messy and ugly really can turn into something we might not necessarily expect. With God's grace the ugly can become beautiful, frustration can turn into laughter, anger - joy.
"Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."-Matthew 19:26