My grandson was chatting me up while I loaded the dishwasher. We were discussing everything from Hurricane Isaac to the shape of keels on boats and the difference between aft and starboard. His mind is voracious for new information ~ always. He reminds me of the robot on the movie Short Circuit. Input ~ need more input!!
A lull in the conversation prompted him to ask me how I fit so many dishes, so quickly, into the dishwasher. I told him the ability comes from loading it the same way every day. He said, “But Grammy, we don’t use the same dishes every day. Sometimes we use more bowls or cups and sometimes we use other dishes.”
Making his point was apparently enough as he wandered off on some new boat-sinking adventure, his latest ‘thing’. The conversation stuck with me for a time. I do load the dishwasher the same way every time. Cups and large utensils on the top rack. Plates, bowls, silverware on the bottom rack. And yes, sometimes, there are dishes that require rearranging the pattern I use for loading. Sometimes, the taller cups must go on the bottom if I have been baking or if there is a surprise dish in the sink. You catch my drift.
I could not help but relate that conversation to my life right now. One of my weakest attributes is my ability to adapt. I have been battling cancer for one year. The docs told me the Gold-Standard for treatment and I consented to their wisdom. After the first round of treatment, there was an “oops” moment. They told me that because of the rarity of my cancer there was a learning curve in the treatment. I would need to be on a three-month rotation for scans, labs and further treatment. I knew in that moment that I needed to adjust my thinking. I would have to adapt!
My son began major research on my behalf and when he found different things of interest, he brought them to my attention. My family joined together in prayer and fasting and we sought the God-Standard. I refused further treatment from mainstream medicine. I found a path I believed God wanted me to follow and adapted my life-style. I looked at everything through a new perspective. I relied on God alone to show me the path HE wanted me to take and everything HE wanted to teach me.
I had to adapt how I put the “dishes” in the “dishwasher”. There was something new that had to fit in to the normal space of life. For one year, my life has been on hold while I waited on the Lord. I have now finished everything HE desired of me and at this point I am waiting on HIM. It feels as if one more plate may fit, but I am hoping HE shows me the space has been filled and it is time to turn it to “Wash”. In a snap, this past year may come full-circle and I will see the pattern.
Many times, life will bring things our way that are unexpected and they can throw us for a loop if we let them. We all have a choice at that point. We can let the situation control us and even break us, or we can rest in the Lord, trust HIS direction and rest in the storm. Either way, this too, will pass. Everything comes in cycles. It’s up to us to adapt, roll with the issue and eventually God will turn that thing around. We will either grow and become stronger and wiser or we will shrivel up into a fearful ball and gain nothing new. We can find peace in the adaptation or become angry and take it out on everyone around us.
Adapt. Gain wisdom and maturity. Find peace.
Have a blessed day!