Broken egg

Yesterday morning did not go exactly as planned.

Yep, that’s my daughter’s breakfast on the floor.

When the egg slipped through my fingers, my girls gasped. Then they made that ‘oooohh’ sound that girls are so good at making.

As we all stared at the egg, with its yellow seeping out of the shell, I tried to think of some great principle to share, something about how God’s ways are higher than our ways, and nothing happens that He doesn’t already know about.

But somehow those lessons didn’t seem fitting. After all, it was just an egg.

Here’s what my girls learned instead:

Mommy made a mess

Mommy cleaned it up

Mommy carried on

No great teachable moment. Just eggs and toast a little later than usual.

It wasn’t until many hours later that I started to think otherwise. Perhaps my girls did learn a lesson from the egg.

Yes, things will get broken. Yes, we will face obstacles on our way to accomplish a goal. But in the face of unexpected setbacks, carry on.

The Bible is full of people who carried on in spite of hardship. Nehemiah was one of those.

Charged with rebuilding the city wall after the fall of Jerusalem, Nehemiah encountered opposition from all sides.

Here are a few excerpts from his story, taken from Nehemiah 4:

We rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.

But when [enemies’ names here] heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead…they plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it.

I [Nehemiah] stood up and said to the …people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome…

When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to his own work.

Did you catch that? They returned to their work.

Now skip ahead to Nehemiah 6. This is the best part of the story.

So the wall was completed in…fifty-two days.

Nehemiah didn’t let setbacks hold him back. He accomplished what he set out to do.

If there’s an obstacle in your way today, take a deep breath, pray, and do what Nehemiah did.

Carry on. Carry on.

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