[the way things work]
My manager and I came to kitchen this afternoon to make coffee. It was a long day and the weather kept changing so everyone was half-asleep. She made coffee first and was adding sugar to it when I saw where the sugar was poured into.
A milk jug.
We laughed and wondered who on earth would put sugar in it, but Lena pointed out that it works anyway.
I took my iPod out, intent on taking a picture of the “sugar jug” when Lena joked that we should put milk in the sugar shaker.
Joking is not a good idea when I’m on a roll and the next thing we knew the milk was in the sugar shaker. The pictures above are the actual ones that I took this afternoon.
My own coffee was done so I poured some sugar and tried to shake the milk.
The sugar worked… yet the milk doesn’t shake well. It spills.
So often in our lives, we mess one thing up and think “Well, it works okay. No one will notice.” Yet although the first thing might work fine enough, everything in this world is interwoven and you can’t really change one thing without starting a domino effect of changing other things.
The sugar jug worked okay. The milk shaker did not. But we could not pour milk into where it belonged – it was already taken.
Are we all apostles? Are we all prophets? Are we all teachers? Do we all have the power to do miracles? Do we all have the gift of healing? Do we all have the ability to speak in unknown languages? Do we all have the ability to interpret unknown languages? Of course not!
1 Corinthians 12:29-30, NLT
Sometimes we desire to have all gifts all together. We want to be a 7-in-1, a jack of all trades. But here’s something to keep in mind: we might end up taking someone else’s place, become sugar and steal the milk’s space.
Our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”
1 Corinthians 12:18-21
To continue Paul’s analogy, think of what would happen if your body parts exchanged places? To have eyes where ears should’ve been and feet instead of hands. One word summs it up: disaster.
Thank God He lets us know what gifts we have from Him. Listen carefully to what your heart is telling you.
Be the milk in the milk jug.