My eyes exponentially grew wider as I watched my coffee cup drop to the ground in what seemed like slow motion.
A girl from my history class, who I had never taken the time to even speak to, looked away sheepishly as she apologized for bumping into my desk, causing my coffee to spill.
Not going to lie, my first internal reaction was to get upset. But God quickly reminded me to be slow to speak and quick to forgive. Once I was able to move past my first reaction, God was able to work.
The girl and I ran quickly to the restroom to get paper towels to clean up the mess. As we were walking back, God used this “bad situation” for His glory. He allowed me to talk to her!! We opened up about the test grades we had both just received and we also talked about the nice guy who was willing to help us clean up the spill, even though he did not do it.
In such a small moment, God taught me so much.
Don’t get so upset and worked up, that you miss the opportunities that He has for you to speak. Thanks to His power alone, was I able to move past my own anger. (Yes, I know it is just coffee, but anger has always been something I have struggled with).
If my coffee had not been poured all over the ground, I may have never had a chance to speak to my class mate. God really does use all things for the good of those who love Him.
So the next time you have an opportunity to get upset at a situation, pray and ask God if He is trying to use that moment to teach you something.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. -James 1:19-20
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28