Southern Indiana Living

JAN-FEB 2019

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Jan/Feb 2019 • 46 T here are some phrases you never want to hear from your kids, things like, "I didn't mean to cut her hair" or "are computers wa- terproof?" Children have a way of saying things that can completely change the tra- jectory of your day. This happened to a couple of friends of mine last year. Our families were on vacation together, and we were up late playing cards while the kids were sup- posed to be getting ready for bed. Suddenly our youngest daughters appeared in the room together. From the look on their faces you could tell some- thing was wrong. My friends' daughter obviously had something to say but didn't look eager to spill the beans. "Is everything okay?" her dad asked. "I dropped my toothbrush in the toi- let." We all grimaced. Toothbrush and toilet are not words you like to hear in the same sentence. Her mom, an engineer, immediately went into troubleshooting mode. "What did you do with it?" she asked. The girl paused and considered her answer before lobbing a verbal grenade into the room. "I already used it." Everyone erupted in a mixture of shock and revulsion. Someone said, "Eww." Another gasped. We were laugh- ing yet horrified. Parents spend so much time trying to protect their kids from germs, but what do you do about that? In a matter of seconds, this situation had gone from bad to worse. Fortunately, the girl's mom kept her cool. "Wait," she asked. "You mean you used it before or after you dropped it in the toilet?" "Before." Whew. We let out a collective sigh. That one word changed the entire story. So often in life things appear worse than they actually are, especially when we don't have all of the information. Our doctor tells us we need more tests, and we assume it's the worst. Our boss wants to talk to us, and we think we're getting fired. We overhear gossip about someone we trust, and we conclude it must be true. We waste endless hours worrying, judging others and jumping to all kinds of conclusions that turn out to be unfound- ed. Then, there are the other times, the times when the test results confirm our fears, our boss does fire us, and the ru- mors we've heard about others are true. We may feel betrayed, rejected, terrified and not know what to do. Still, even in these darkest times, we don't have the full story. God is always working on our behalf behind-the-scenes of our everyday lives. We may not be able to see it. We may not have all the informa- tion, but we can count on God's faithful- ness and that he is working for our great- est good. Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that God causes everything to work to- gether for the good of those who love God and are called according to his pur- pose for them" (NLT). Just like with the toothbrush inci- dent, one word changes the whole story. That one word is God. You may not know how you're go- ing to make it through whatever you're facing today, but God knows. And he can help. He also promises a day when he we will away every tear and make the world right again. In the meantime, we don't have the full story. But we do have God's presence and his promises to see us through. • Jason Byerly is a writer, pastor, husband and dad who loves the quirky surprises God sends his way every day. You can catch up with Ja- son on his blog at or on Twitter at The Word That Changes Everything Everyday Adventures We all grimaced. Toothbrush and toilet are not words you like to hear in the same sentence. Image: M_Melanchenko /

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