“That’s the way the cookie crumbles”, is something that you say which means that bad things sometimes happen and there is nothing you can do to prevent it, so it is not worth becoming upset about it. It is also a slang term, origin unknown from the 1920’s in America. Used to underline a failure of an action, or dissapointment in reaching an undesired result, with the additional meaning that the result was not an unexpected one. In other words, life is unpredictable but it doesn’t mean we can’t control our reactions to any situation.
The dreaded ice storm in which hit us over a week ago is a cookie crumb, a big crumb, so big even half the state has taken a bite out of it! It has thrown all of us off our path of normal routines and complacent mundane attitudes. For some it has brought in excitement, call of duty, fun and family time making the best out of it. For others it has brought fear, heartache and worry along with added work load and stress to all parties involved. We have had to make do of our resources with the smell of kerosine reeking in our homes, filling up the generators with gas and oil, and cook very little. Bath time reverts back to grandparents good ole days, washing completed in the sink for the “bird bath” or for some the showers come several days apart and even then are hard to find. The water system is still working however I do not know of anyone who would like to jump under a freezing stream of ice water. Doing fourteen loads of laundry brought excitement to my afternoon when I had to drive one hour to find a laundry mat and race to obtain an empty washer and dryer. I didn’t know they made three load washers, thank God for that! Cookie crumbs!
The National Guard has came in and are trying to do their best to check in on everyone and their needs. I am thankful we have a country to cares for one another. Our county and towns here in Kentucky may be rural and small but when we have a crisis, everyone comes together to help. Thank God we can find a place to still have church and keep focused on our relationship with Jesus. Thank God He is with us everyday through all of this. Thank God we still have our homes and family. And yes, we do have those who take advantage of the situation, those who steal the generators and find the opportunity to steal what they can from deserted homes in the dark. Curfews in effect, patrol search and patience for everyone is a must in this crumb.
The weather we cannot control. God doesn’t orchestrate the tragedies however He works the good out of them. Grace doesn’t depend on suffering to exist but where there is suffering you will find grace in many different areas. Faith doesn’t grow in the house of certainty! I have always heard, don’t ask “Why” this is happening but “What am I to learn from this”. Suffering to know grace or increasing our faith with uncertainty, whatever we are to learn from this crumb, we should stay firm upon what we know is to be true and stay focused on what really matters. There is something in this crumb for everyone.
Matthew 15:27 But she said, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”