Recently I shared a post in which a women was seeking wisdom to help her get through the recent hardship of a loved ones passing. The wise man told her that there are times when God gives us bread, but we want more and we ask for toast. But maybe the bread is enough for what we need now.
My wife often needs to tell me “It’s not all about you, Jim”. How true, how true. Reflecting on a devotional I read today I’m reminded that He knows every part of what is happening in our lives. So in a different way, we can also look at this such that WE are the bread and He is the baker. And we are being prepared and perfected. “When we have gone into the furnace of affliction, His hand is on the thermostat and His eye is on the clock.” (Anon). All hardships happen for a reason. And in the process of enduring our trials , benefiting from the Holy Spirit given to us and our fellow believers’ comforting and wisdom which came through similar experiences, we find ourselves becoming the toast we thought we needed to have at a different time in our life.
Too often we try to produce a solution out of a sternly exacting environment and never get what we wanted; the “toast”, only to find out later that we become the toast, His toast, if we’re willing to wait and trust in Him and all the plans He has for us and those around us. He has bigger plans. And that It’s not only about us
” Trust in the with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight” -Proverbs 3:5-6