Week 60: The Cheesy Middle
Sometimes life burns the edges. It’s all about getting back to the middle…
Each Sunday, my wife and I cook and eat a meal together — intentionally. Every Friday, I’ll be sharing our experience here in this space. I want to see the growth that will come in our marriage because of this. I hope you enjoy our story. You can find last week’s post here.
Have you ever felt like life was too much? The world is moving around you and you can’t stop it. Nothing slows down for you. Nothing’s on your side. It’s too hard.
What happened next?
In my experience, life kept happening. I had a “breakdown” moment this week. I felt overwhelmed. And it all came out in a parking lot, alone in my wife’s car — which I was driving because mine wouldn’t start. I thought life was too much in that moment.
Then I opened the car door, and I went about my day.
I didn’t do anything special. I did what we all do every day. Look, despite what you think, nobody has it all put together. Nobody is without struggles or faults. We’re all stumbling through life at times. And you know what?
That’s a beautiful thing.
I wrapped the cheese in ground beef. We usually make burgers with ground turkey, but we were pulling out all the stops this week. Ground beef. Let’s go!
The burgers sizzled as we put them on the skillet. Personally, I was even more excited about the cheesy filling than the ground beef. I may or may not have sneaked a few pieces of cheese beforehand. Sharp cheddar is the best!
Sarah cooked hers, and I cooked mine. I made mine a little thicker. What can I say? I like burgers!
As we flipped the patties, we noticed that the outer edge of the burgers looked a little charred. They got burned by the heat. I think life is like that. Sometimes we get burned around the edges…
I do the same thing whenever I’m faced with a “breakdown” moment. Or at least I try to.
That’s the middle for me. That’s my center, my true north. But this time, I noticed something very clearly. It’s kind of an odd observation when it comes to prayer, I guess. You may find it somewhat obvious.
I didn’t hear anything.
There was silence. I was feeling the weight of the world, and God had nothing to say. Well, that wasn’t quite true. But that’s what it seemed like. So, I got out of the car and went about my workday. Life was still moving even though I felt like standing still. And there’s where I heard it…
Sarah pulled the fries out of the oven. We put the finishing touches on our burgers, and we sat down to eat. There’s few foods I love more than a good, juicy burger!
When I took that first bite, I didn’t notice the burnt edges. I didn’t even notice the toppings first. It was that sharp cheddar middle that caught the attention of my taste buds. As my wife says…YUMMO BUMMO!
In the midst of a crazy day that included my car breaking down and a big presentation at work, I kept going. It didn’t all come crashing down. I kept going, and it all worked out.
And God wasn’t silent. He was there the whole time. He was simply saying, “Go. I’ll be right here with you.”
But first I had to take that next step.
You’re worth more than you think. If you’re like me, it’s easy to get down on yourself and focus on shortcomings. But you can do so much more than you give yourself credit for. Get back to the middle — whether it’s cheesy or not — and take the next step. Even when life seems like it’s moving too fast, you’re gonna be okay. It’s all gonna be okay.
You’ve got this.