the promise of tomorrow (with a jar full of pickles)

by Mary Stout

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV)

Have you ever been disappointed? I know I have for the smallest of things.

As a little girl, I loved pickles. Every so often I would get a taste for one.  I’d think about how good the pickle would taste, I imagined the salty, vinegary crunch of the pickle as I ate it. I’d think about having a pickle on the way home from school. I would hurry up and do my homework so I could have a pickle after I was done. So what do you think happened when there were no pickles on a day I craved one? I got disappointed. I would cry and feel bad because I didn’t get what I wanted. In a little girl’ s mind, I didn’t see that it wasn’t about me.  I only saw my own view. I was missing the bigger picture.

I had a wise mom, though. She would tell me it was ok, and there would be more pickles on another day. It was ok to be disappointed, but not to allow it to ruin my day. I would get over it, of course. In that moment, though, I felt crummy for a bit.

As a Christian adult, I still have disappointments due to the faulty thinking I have at times. This verse tells us how those kinds of things don’t rule our lives  any longer. We can overcome our thoughts by taking them captive with God’s Word. We can think of things that honor the Lord and Savior and help us become His hands and feet to those who don’t know him.

We can share our pickles while we serve others even if it’s the last one in the pickle jar. There’s more pickles. Don’t let those days ruin you.

Prayer: Father sometimes we let disappointments bother us and we let them get in the way of our walk with you. As we walk together in our journey Lord, help us to remember that the bigger picture is what we strive for in our walk. May our actions and words be congruent to your words as we learn to become more like Jesus each day. In your name we pray, Amen

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