Drama in the Kitchen!!!
It was a surprise when I arrived home. Both girls were talking at once, and I had to discern who to listen to first. The crux of the matter was that early in the afternoon, my daughter, Stephanie, was home alone—a dangerous situation at times. Having nothing better to do, she decided to help Danielle with one of her onerous chores (being the thoughtful sister that she is). After carefully loading the dishwasher, she went looking for the dishwashing liquid (or tabs or whatever we were using at the time). There was none to be found.
This presented the “red-head” with a problem. She wanted the dishes clean so Danielle would be surprised when she got home from school. Finally, she spotted the Dawn dishwashing liquid and thought, “I can use that. It’s for washing dishes. Hmmm…we’ve had situations where we were out of dishwasher soap before and not used Dawn. I wonder why? There must be a reason.” By her own admission, she says that thought entered her head, and then flitted away at the speed of light. Whereupon, with a smile of triumph at her solution, she filled the dispenser cup with Dawn, started the dishwasher, and left the kitchen.
Settling in to do her homework, she decided she needed something (we don’t remember what) out of the kitchen. She stopped when she noticed what looked like fog slowly creeping across the floor like a scene out of a horror movie. It never occurred to her to turn on the light; instead, she watched, frozen in fascination, as it reached the edge of the carpet and started to roll over into the living room. It was then that she discovered that the “fog” was actually soap suds!
In a panic, she started trying to contain the situation.
Shortly, Danielle got home from school and walked in to find Stephanie sitting on the floor trying desperately to hold the wall of foam at bay.
“What happened?” she exclaimed.
“I was trying to do the dishes for you, but we were out of soap, so I used Dawn,” Stephanie cried out as she batted at the bubbles futilely.
“Why would you use Dawn? Didn’t you know this would happen?” Danielle yelled as she leapt into the fray.
Stephanie snapped in aggravation, “Why would I use it if I knew this was going to happen?”
By the time I got home, the girls had cleaned up the mess, and I wouldn’t have known anything had happened—if they hadn’t told me. The bright side of the situation is that now we had a clean floor. Always looking for the positive spin, you know. Thus ended another day in the household of the Warren family.
It just goes to show that the best intentions can go awry. Sometimes we want to do something nice for someone, and it just turns into a disaster. Sometimes we set out to accomplish a task and everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Have you ever had that happen to you? If not, then you probably don’t have as good a memory as you think.
Thank goodness God’s plans aren’t that way. God doesn’t fall flat on His face. He doesn’t suffer from human failings like we do. We can take His intentions for our future to the bank. His faithfulness is irrefutable. I praise God that His steadfastness is as sure as the dawn.
I think of the passage of Romans 11 that tells us God is so much higher than our attempts at understanding. We cannot comprehend His greatness. I would say He is as solid and reliable as the strongest rock on earth, but rocks on this earth can shift. God never shifts!
“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor? Or who has given a gift to Him that He might be repaid? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 11:33-36)
God is ever faithful. His intentions are clear. He loves us and wants the best for us. Of course, our definition of “best” may differ from His, but we can trust Him.
In closing, I have this song running through my mind. I remember singing it as a child in church. I’m inserting a link to a version sung by Chris Rice. The words of this song are on my heart tonight because we all occasionally need reminding that God is faithful.
God bless and keep you all!