Every week in our household our family has a tradition–TACO NIGHT! If there is one meal we can count on every week, it’s tacos. We always have the staples for making tacos in our house at any given time. What I love about Taco Night, is our family sitting down eating the same meal together.
One particular Taco Night, we served the hard shells instead of flour tortillas. We usually have all the toppings for our tacos on the table–sour cream, salsa, cheese. One can put on their taco, whatever their heart’s desire. Our son has a method to how his taco is made and the other sides arranged on his plate. Nothing on his plate can touch each other.
Have you ever watched a scene unfold in slow motion, knowing how it was going to turn out? As our son lifted the taco to his mouth I could see and hear the taco shell crack and then fall apart spilling the contents onto his plate, which did I mention he doesn’t like other food touching each other?
As this scene unfolded I could see the melt-down process unravel. He was upset and required a whole new plate and taco because doesn’t like to eat food that’s broken and messy. If his food has one crack, one bite in it already, forget it he won’t eat it. (Don’t judge we all have our quirks). There was no rationalizing with him, the food was perfectly fine, but in his mind, it had been ruined.
It’s Not About the TACO
The melt-down my son had nothing to do with the taco and everything to do with an inner struggle of wanting everything perfect and not dealing with the mess. Our son focused on the broken, messy taco which kept him from enjoying the great meal before him. The meal was going to taste the same whether it was messy or not.
That disappointment, that argument or disagreement you just had probably isn’t what you’re upset about at all. The scenario of my son reminds me of the Israelites–an all too familiar pattern that has happened within all of us from the beginning of time.
The Israelites spent 430 years as slaves in Egypt under the rule of the ruthless and mean Pharaoh. When God sent Moses to deliver them out of Egypt, they left with all of their cattle, their precious valuables and their families! Which doesn’t happen! Their exodus resonated God’s power all throughout the land of Egypt.
Little did they know they would be tested further by God by wandering in the desert. It was hot and tiring traveling through the desert. They were hungry and thirsty. They whined and complained about their conditions which made God angry.
“The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost–also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic” Number 11:4-5
I get it. Maybe tent-camping for 40 years in the desert wasn’t their thing. They just wanted some good food, a flushing toilet, or a full-hookup camper with a hot shower. Even though their immediate comforts were uncomfortable, they were missing the point of God’s purpose. How soon did they forget they were just freed from 430 years of slavery!
The Israelites never went without provision of food, shelter, water or clothing. They had everything they ever needed. God wanted The Israelites to depend on Him for their daily bread, NOT MAN. Instead, they focused only on what was before them to satisfy their souls instead of what God was able to provide for them–The Promised Land.
Sometimes I think our focus can get off. We get lost in our problems, stumble on our inadequacies, caught up in our roadblocks, and caught up in our own desires. We become like the Israelites entering into patterns of grumbling and complaining, losing sight of God’s purpose of what He’s able to do in our lives. And before you know it, life becomes unbalanced and we fall apart.
What if that’s the point? To discover God’s purpose for us within the mess?
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Our struggles, inadequacies, and roadblocks will always get in the way of God’s purpose and plan for us. But what if we embraced God’s purpose among the mess?
I guarantee there will always be another mess. When we embrace God’s purpose, we can stop using our messes and struggles as an excuse to hold us back, but allow our mess to be God’s platform in what He’s able to do in us. Just like the whole taco fiasco with my son, we too miss out on life’s biggest blessings when we allow our struggles to hold us back. God will use our struggles as a catalyst for his greater plan. We don’t have to worry about how everything will work out, He’s got it all within His grip.
Let’s Taco About it:
What’s your one thing getting in the way of God?
Do you sometimes fall apart?
How can you embrace God’s purpose when you’re life is a mess?
It’s not about the Taco. It’s not about our next performance. It’s not about doing things with our own strength. It’s not about waiting until the mess is over but embracing God’s purpose for us even in the mess.
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