At first glance, I thought “What a mess! Lord if you can do anything with this…..”
I awoke this morning to the sound of my teenager opening the door to go check the mail as he was anxiously awaiting the arrival of a package that contained a game he had ordered. Oh, to be that way again. When my world involved carefree playing, socializing with friends, and time itself seemed to crawl as I anticipated an event, or like him, the arrival of something my life would just simply end without!
When that package did finally come, the seller of the item had sent the wrong game. Apparently, someone had made the wrong choice when they placed the game in its package to be mailed. Perhaps they were talking with a coworker and didn’t even notice their mistake. Perhaps they were having a bad day, felt sick, or just plain reckless. Regardless of the reason, it had resulted in a disappointment on our end. One that affected the whole household.
My look in the mirror seemed to resemble my previous choices; they cried out in each quick glimpse, each wrinkle, and the tired look in my eyes. Perhaps if I had been more careful or if I had paid closer attention, my disappointment would not be so painfully real, and my dreams would not be so seemingly crushed.
It took time to clear up the return and replacement of the item, but I don’t regret spending that time with my son. We laughed and we argued, just like we do every time we are on the computer maneuvering through the internet together. What an experience! It’s much like Jack from the TV series “24” calling on Grannie from the “Beverly Hillbillies” for help. I have to take my time, even though my son’s very existence, he believes, is at stake.
Good ol’ Amazon told me that “since I was such a loyal customer” I could speed up the process.
If only I had been more loyal to God, what would my reflection have glared back at me today?
I believe I’ll take another glance in that mirror and look past my faded youth to others like Sarah and Moses who were just beginning to experience their promise as they grew older; and past the outline of my weakened frame to David and Sampson who overcame vicious enemies against them, their people, and their God even after they had messed up in a few areas of their own; and finally past my fears of life’s day-to-day routine and the future that lies ahead to one of my favorites, Peter, who against all odds, stepped out of the boat and walked on the water to get to Jesus just because He asked him to come.
So, from deep inside of me, from a heart that truly wants to change my world, I respond to my own mind’s question of, “Lord can you do anything with this?”, shoulders squared and head held high, with “Yes, in fact He’s the only one who can.”