A New Day

WHAT BEGINS ONE WAY CAN END UP ANOTHER

Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”  Richard Jones, a naval engineer was attempting to create a meter to monitor power on naval battleships.  He was working with flexible tension springshe had made when one of them fell to the ground. The spring kept bouncing from place to place.  What was bornwas the slinky.  Ruth Wakefield, owner of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, was attempting to make a batch of regular chocolate chip cookies.  While mixing the batch, Wakefield discovered she was out of baker’s chocolate.  As a substitute she broke sweetened chocolate into small pieces and added them to the cookie dough.  She expected the chocolate to melt, making chocolate cookies, but the little bits stuck.  Thus, Toll House cookies were invented.  Then there was the experience of George Crum, a chef at the Carey Moon Lake House in Saratoga Springs, New York.  One day a customer sent back his plate of potatoes many times and kept asking for them to be more fried and thinner.  At his wits end, Crum lost his temper, sliced the potatoes insanely thin and fried them until they were hard as a rock. To the chef's surprise, the customer loved them and wanted more!  Potato chips were born. Over and over again, throughout history, some of the most prolific discoveries have been borne accidently.  The path between origination and outcome is sometimes a meandering, awkward maze that unfolds in a destination not originally sought.  As children of God it is imperative we embrace this truth.  In simplistic terms, what begins one way can end up another.  This is why we should never be discouraged when circumstances seem to be going against us.  As our Scripture lesson today reminds us, all things, even the bad ones, can ultimately work together for a positive outcome.  Thus, we must learn to fully trust the Lord, from the beginning to the end, of any path He leads us through, during this and each new day.

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