God Can Handle It All!
I believe God can handle it all! Yes, big and little, broken and messy, God can handle it all!
When I was about 22 years old, I worked as a short-order cook in a small restaurant west of town. By day, we were a family restaurant, and by night we were a little pub for the locals. The night around there started at 3 pm every day. 3 pm seemed to be quitting time around those parts.
I ran the small kitchen on my own for a long time. When you run a little kitchen like that, you have to learn how to handle several different things at once. You have to prioritize everything and consider deadlines, how long items will take to cook, and what you can leave sit, and what you must address. Working alone, you find you wear several hats at the same time, cook, dishwasher, food prep, and serving, all the while trying to be sure you can please the customers.
Some days it was a real pressure cooker (I never used one of those by the way). Other days it didn’t go well at all. Moreover, there were other days when someone would pay me a wonderful compliment on my eggs. I cherished those days because they came few and far between. I’m not saying I was a horrible cook. I didn’t have time to hang around for feedback.
Why all this talk about the old days and cooking? It got me to thinking about how I felt during those days so long ago, and I was reminded of how God handles everything. God handles way more than my seemingly small abilities. He manages my stuff times a trillion and has no problems with deadlines, time constraints, burning stuff, or prioritizing things. God can handle all our junk, all our problems, all our concerns. There’s no need to worry about it. Ah, but we do, don’t we?
Yes, we do.
So, what are our options?
Tomorrow, let’s look at some of those, shall we? In the meantime, I’ll close us in prayer tonight.
Father, I thank you for handling all my problems and concerns today. Thanks for lifting those burdens from me. Please comfort those who are hurting today, those who are scared and worried. Please comfort those who don’t have all the answers. Thanks, Lord, for being there. In your Son’s name, I pray, Amen.