Black and white
Rain and sunshine.
Happiness and Sadness.
However you want to spell it out, sometimes life is made up of the camoflaged simple.
Take today, for instance. Beautiful, sunshiny, just a tad bit too warm, but tolerable. Water in the pool is simmering, it’s quiet, and I’m getting some work done. A perfect day.
Except I still have some pain from a recent surgery. I still have obligations that I need to fulfill. I still have a tiny bit of hidden hurt. But doesn’t life always come with both? Don’t we always have the tough with the gentle?
Here’s the benefits of peanut butter:
- Contains protein and fiber–perfect filling material that can help you lose weight!
- Contains the powerful antioxidant Vitamin E, bone-building magnesium, muscle-friendly potassium, and immunity-boosting vitamin B6. Research shows that eating peanuts can decrease your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions.
- Peanut butter is chock-full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Insulin-resistant adults who eat a diet high in monos have less belly fat than people who eat more carbohydrates or saturated fat.
Use it for sauces, toppings, desserts, flavorful cooking, sandwiches or . . . straight off the spoon.
It teaches me that sometimes life is tough but good for us. Makes us stronger. Helps us lean on God and trust. Teaches valuable lessons specifically created for us.
But then there’s that thin (or not so thin) layer of jelly–the sunshine and laughter, the joy and peace that we take with the tough. It brightens our lives and eases the tension of problems and troubles.The hard places, that, though might be good for us, could wear us down without the jelly times.
So for today, I’ll eat my peanut butter and jelly sandwich and enjoy it, knowing that my God knows all things, that he will give me strength for the sadnesses and hurts, and shovel a bit of sunshine my way too.
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. –Philippians 4:19