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When things go BOOM! Vol 11

March 15, 2013 | 1 Comment

One of the blessings of marriage is that now my kids, and me, get to eat…mostly together…mostly every night! We are all enjoying the experience…Kathy loves cooking for us and works really hard to make sure that wherever she on the road (which is somewhere in NY) during the day…she’s home to cook. That is a huge blessing and I love her for that….truth is… she loves that we love it!
A couple of weeks ago now she was preparing a lovely pork roast. She had made this beautiful marinade and hand-rubbed the spices onto the meat, put it into the oven and it was cooking nicely. I was on my way home anticipating a wonderful meal together…
However….when I walked through the door it looked like a SWAT team had lobbed a smoke grenade into the kitchen…the kids were scrambling for gas masks and fire extinguishers…Brett couldn’t remember whether to stop, drop or roll but they all remembered the burning paper towel incident with Leah. The only thing missing from this scene was actual fire and Leah screaming bloody murder while holding a roll of flaming paper towels about 12 inches from the sink…more on that another time…
Come back in time with me oh…about about 7 minutes… and we see Kathy going to check on the roast. As her hand touches the oven handle the ill-fated pyrex cookware explodes sending shards of porky glass bouncing around the oven and dousing the oven flame with all that wonderful pork flavored liquid which immediately turned to thick choking smoke. We opened all the doors got all the fans going…and after the smoke cleared enough so that we could find our way through the house, Kathy defaulted to sloppy joes.
This could have been a disaster…well.. it sort of was a disaster for the pork roast…but Kathy could have been severely burned and litterally shot with that exploding glass. We had no reason to expect that the dish was going to “let go”…but it did anyway. So we had to react…I’m really proud of the way we worked through the calamity. Nobody acused anyone…nobody got hurt…we worked together, got the situation under control and still enjoyed dinner together. The pork made the ultimate sacrifice once more …killed back to death…
This would have been a much different scene a couple of years ago. I would have blamed whoever used that particular dish, they would gotten upset with me…it would have been hurtful and chaotic…could it be we are maturing? Could it be that the lessons of selflessness, patience and suffering are finally paying off? Or was this just a fluke. I don’t know but what I do know is that this time I didn’t have to appologize to anyone. This time I didn’t have to confess that I’d handled the whole thing poorly because I mostly watched everyone work together. Maybe I’ll totally blow it next time..but I’ve seen the light! God is right…imagine that! I bet God has a sense of satisfaction when we obey him and things just sorta work out…maybe not like we intended but in a way that we can see God’s hand in and make sure to give him the honor and praise because He always deserves it!

There is no mess to big for him to make right! No relationship too distant to be restored. No sin too dark that He won’t forgive…

Isaiah 1:18 – Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

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