Like almost all of us, I woke up with a lot to get done today. I had a list of things I needed to do and I knew it was going to be hectic. I was already stressing about my day and was in a rush to get everything done. Sound familiar?
Today was an omelette day. I got out of bed and turned the stove on and started cooking my omelette. It was going extremely well but because I was trying to pack in the calories and had so much stuff in it, when I tried to flip it, it fell apart. Two pieces turned into ten and soon I was cooking scrambled eggs.
I was super irritated at first. I mean, who can’t flip an omelette?! But then I realized that my screw up was sort of like life. Sometimes when you go to make an omelette, it just doesn’t work out. Sometimes it doesn’t go how you thought. Sometimes, you find yourself suddenly making scrambled eggs instead. While that’s frustrating, hard, and even sad, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. After all, when you fail at making an omelette, what really happened? You still have the same number of eggs. You still have all the same ingredients you put into it. It still cooks the same and it still ends up tasting just as good.
Just because I didn’t have an omelette for breakfast this morning like I originally planned, doesn’t mean I had a bad breakfast. Actually, it turned out delicious.
Sometimes things don’t go the way you thought they would. So I guess what I’m saying is, try to make an omelette today. But if it doesn’t work out, make some really dang good scrambled eggs (with cheese!) and I bet it’ll turn out just fine.
by Jarrod Pisors | November 9th, 2015
Jarrod shared with me this blog he wrote a couple years back and I wanted to share it with you. His omelette and scrambled eggs analogy I believe is what many of us, myself included, needs because life just doesn’t always turn out the way we planned. We write down our goals and dreams and just as we are about to turn the page our lives are flipped upside down. The ingredients lay before us and we end up with a scrambled life that doesn’t bode well with what we had planned. We get frustrated and even mad at God. But can I tell you, His plans are far greater.
I believe the reason why many us struggle with our omelettes turning into scrambled eggs is because we like to be in control. We like to know how the story ends. We like things going our way. You and I know very well though, that life isn’t in our control. The very breath in our lungs is borrowed time. What we can do, is learn to live life with flexible posture. A friend of mine called it, “flexture.” It’s being open and willing to God changing the script of our lives. It’s being open and willing to plans we set out for shifting entirely. Truly, if we want to live a life fully surrendered to Christ, we need likewise to surrender our plans. Surrendering our hearts is not just the bad things we are overwhelmed and consumed by. Surrendering our lives to Jesus, requires the good too — those good plans we have for our lives. Every part of who we are and dream to be needs to be in Gods hands.
God’s plans is always better than ours. In the moment it won’t always seem like it, but it is. I challenge you to invite Jesus into the plans you’ve made for your life. Surrender those to Him and watch as God amaze you with something far greater. I will leave you with these familiar Bible verse from Jeremiah 29,
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. [11-13]
Make an omelette today. Or maybe make scrambled eggs. Either way, whatever you choose, be “flexture,” because God has greater plans for you than you could ever dream of.