For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5
When I was in the Boy Scouts, we would go camping quite regularly. Sometimes the boys themselves would cook, but most of the time the leaders would do the cooking.
One morning we woke, and our Scoutmaster was cooking up a fine breakfast of pancakes and sausage. Except it didn’t turn out the way it was supposed to turn out. This was before the non-stick pans, and we probably didn’t take a lot of oil with us since we hiked into camp.
Well, long story short. We had scrambled pancakes for breakfast that morning. There was nothing wrong with the pancakes at all except they were in the same form as scrambled eggs are usually in. We threw a little syrup on them and they tasted fine. They just were a little odd looking.
Many times our lives are like those scrambled pancakes. We think it will turn out one way but disappointments, tragedies, and events go different than we planned. We had planned for a pristine, joy filled life, and in the end it’s full of chaos and turmoil. Of course we live through it all, but it’s just a different life than we had imagined.