A Lesson from a Waffle Iron

A Lesson from a Waffle Iron

Devotional submitted by Janice Shaffer

Last week I tried out a new/old waffle iron that a friend had given me. I had no directions, of course. My thinking was, “I’m almost 70 years old, I’ve had lots of waffle irons. Why would I need directions?” It would have been a simpler matter to look online, just to be sure, but I was leaning on my own understanding.

As I stood over the sink scraping the remains of the waffle that stuck to both sides of the waffle iron, I thought of what I could have done and what I could learn from this experience. And I had lots of time to think about it. As I thought about how easy it would have been to find proper directions, God brought this verse to my mind:

“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

If I had acknowledged my lack of knowledge with the waffle iron, I would have saved myself much time and trouble. How many times in life have I done exactly that same thing? Ive got this. I know what I’m doing. Then I have had to spend a long time undoing what I had so rashly done, well all I needed to do was trust in the Lord, and not my own understanding, to avoid trouble in the first place. Does that resonate with anyone else?

My “waffle iron lesson” was a good reminder: I need to be humble enough to find and follow directions. Look to the person who has the answers, who can straighten out my path. Trust in the Lord and don’t lean on my own understanding.

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