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This week a co-worker was selling candy bars to raise money for her son’s youth group. The candy bars were in the office kitchen with an envelope and a short note explaining the goal of the fundraiser (I don’t recall the fundraiser’s purpose). Each candy bar was $1. I put $1 in the envelope and proceeded back to my desk and consumed the candy bar.
I later justified this by saying “I ate a candy bar for Jesus!”. In an indirect way, the result of my purchase of the candy bar would support the youth group and thus be for Jesus. Right?
In retrospect, I was having a stressful day and just wanted to have a candy bar. At the time, I was not thinking about Jesus or the youth group of the son of a co-worker who I’ve never met. I don’t know anything about the youth group and what its church believes. Maybe, it was not even a youth group that believes in Jesus. I hope it is a Christ believing group, but I didn’t bother to check. I just wanted a candy bar to soothe my stress.
I did not need this candy bar as I have been attempting to lose a few pounds. If it was really about the youth group and Jesus I could have just put a $1 donation (or other amount) into the envelope and not taken a candy bar. I gave into the candy bar temptation instead of asking Jesus for way out.
1 Corinthians 10:12-13
12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
This week (after the candy bar incident) I read an email from Weight Watchers that I could come back (I did WW previously) and they would waive the sign up fee. After discussing WW with a close friend, I decided to sign up again! I am planning to use Weight Watchers as my “way out” when food temptations arrive after today since I ate a lot of desserts for Mother’s Day!
Sometimes, while playing a piece during a lesson, I suddenly stop and hold a chord and ask Michael “Does that sound right?” To me, the sound resulting from these notes being played sounds wrong. I feel like I must be pushing a wrong pedal or key. In reality, these notes are being played correctly and are dissonant.
Dissonance is when the combination of 2 or more notes sound off or wrong. Dissonance has it purposes and will usually resolve pleasantly. During my last lesson, Michael explained that I need to trust the composer when I hear dissonance as the composer intentionally included it. If I were to keep playing, instead of freezing I would hear the resolution.
This conversation reminded me of problems in life. Our problems are like dissonance. Just as dissonant notes sound wrong, our problems can be (and usually are) troubling (otherwise they would not be problems). God, the composer of our lives, can be trusted to help resolve our problems (in His way, of course). Sometimes, we make up our own notes, instead of playing those that God intended for us, which can lead to even more problems.
It would seem fitting to end this post with a trust Bible verse. I have been a Christian since a young age, but I’m struggling to remember a trust God verse at the moment. Instead of copying/pasting a random verse, feel free to insert your favorite “trust” Bible verse here or visit Bible Gateway and search on trust.
My mom likes this verse: Trust in the lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
What is your favorite trust verse?