This morning my eyes zeroed in on the left over plate of chocolate chip cookies from dessert last night. I’m not gonna lie, I had a few as my breakfast. (my journey with food will be on the blog soon) Anyways, Marty walked over and I offered him a bite of my cookie. He just looked and said “no”. I thought to myself, “of course he doesn’t want a cookie with a bite out of it. He wants a new and untouched cookie”. So, I looked for the softest one in the bag and held it out for him. He looked at me and said, “no.” I then realized that he didn’t know what it was or what it tasted like. It was easy for him to say “no” to it because he was uneducated on the goodness that was contained in that little piece of fluffiness.
This has got me thinking this morning. I think we say “no” to goodness from our daddy’s open hand on a regular basis because we don’t know what it is that He is offering. We forget His faithful and good character.
Every morning we wake up and He has good things in store, but we choose to be grumpy because we aren’t looking forward to what we think today holds. He is standing at our bed side with an open hand of an amazing day that He wants to hand us. But we choose “no”. I am not saying that He is offering a perfect day without troubles, but I am saying that He is offering to walk through it with us and show His face and sprinkle blessings along the way.
Maybe God has a new job for you and your scared because you have been working at your job for 10 years and it’s comfortable and predictable…God is looking at you, “No, really, this cookie is delicious, warm, and will rock your world”. We look at him and say “no, thank you”.
I know for me personally I have missed out on some incredible relationships because of my insecurities, fear of rejection, or maybe just because I was lazy and didn’t feel like investing.
I am about to say good bye to someone that I pushed away for years. I allowed my insecurities and fear of rejection hold her at a distance. About a year ago, Jesus finally had his way and caused mine and this friend’s world to collide in a way that I never saw coming. She has challenged me to embrace myself through the eyes of love, grace, and kindness. She has introduced me to the holy spirit in a way that has forever changed me and my relationship with Jesus. Courtney, you are a chocolate chip cookie that I said “no” to for so long, I am so thankful for Jesus’ persistence in getting our worlds to collide. Now, I will try not to be bitter at the lost years! 😉
What is your cookie that Jesus is extending to you?
Is it a job? Is it a house? Is it a move? Is it adoption? Is it fostering? Is it a career change? Is it a relationship? Is it investing more into your marriage? Is it letting go of your finances in exchange for what Jesus has for you?
Join me, let’s quit saying no to God’s goodness when it may not look like His goodness. Say “yes!” to the unfamiliar cookie!!!
It is time to trust Him and His never-ending faithfulness. Sit back and watch His blessings pour out on us. He has good plans for us that we just have to accept, choose, and walk out.
Jeremiah 29:11 “ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”