When I got to Dad’s house he was ready and waiting which was a surprising turn of events since he is not a morning person (I am not sure he even went to bed).
The time for me to eat my oatmeal arrived and I pulled the packages of nuts and dried fruit out, dumped them both in the perfect oatmeal consistency and much to my surprise, there was a knife in my bag instead of a spoon. Wait? What? Why? How can I eat oatmeal on the run without a spoon? Why didn’t the person that put my oatmeal in the bag pay attention? Did she want to ruin my morning?
As I am talking with Daddy about no having a spoon and having to make do with a knife, we began to discuss all of the lessons that can be learned from just this one tiny event during a day, a week, a month and a year of challenges!
The first lesson is about begin present, paying attention and doing everything with excellence. If the person that prepared my oatmeal had done that, this would not have been a blog post.
The second is about our reaction to the things that happen. How do we handle the little annoyances? With grace? With anger? In 1 Timothy 1:14-17, Paul describes the grace that Christ has for us, shouldn’t we practice the same kind of grace?
14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.
After laughing about my predicament, I prayed for the young lady that prepared my oatmeal and her day and then proceeded to eat my oatmeal with the Knife! I will not let my circumstance dictate my attitude and I will (strive) to give grace!
 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (1 Ti 1:14–16). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.