Don’t you love it when things work the way they were designed to work? This is my new can opener. Isn’t it sexy?
The one quality that I think makes my can opener so attractive is that it actually works exactly how it was designed to work. I hook it to my can of kidney beans, I turn the knob, and five seconds later…viola! The lid separates from the rest of the can.
This actually wasn’t my first attempt at buying a new can opener. I bought my first new can opener about a month prior to the sexy one you see above…but it only worked….oh…maybe to open one can of tomatoes and one can of chicken broth. But, I was determined to keep using it. Maybe it just needed to be broken in. After all it was new. Maybe it just needed more practice at doing its job.
So for the next few weeks my can opener and I struggled to get along. The final straw (or can) was one of the two cans of kidney beans I was attempting to open for my chili last week. I twisted and twisted and the blade would barely poke through the top. I twisted and twisted some more. I even stopped occasionally to wipe the perspiration from my brow and to start from a different location on the lid.
Finally, I could tell that the lid was only connected in two spots. I put down my good-for-nothing-can-opener and decided that maybe if I just push down real hard with my thumbs on the top of the lid the connected areas would detach. And you know what? I was right. It did detach. It detached with so much force that kidney bean juice splattered a foot into the air…landing not only on the counter and floor but also on my face, my eyeglasses, and my hair. Now you might think I would have shouted out some choice words…but I even surprised myself and stood there and laughed at my can opener catastrophe. The next day, I came home from the store with another new can opener. This new sexy can opener. And, guess what? It opens cans!!
So, this takes me back to my original thought. Don’t you love when things work the way they are designed to work? This little episode made me think of two things.
1. I am so glad there wasn’t a hidden camera in my house that day when I was attempting to open my cans. It was quite comical.
2. Our Creator designed us to work a certain way too. And things go so much smoother for us when we work the way we were designed to work. The following verse from Ephesians 2:10 came to mind “For we are God’s masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus to do good works that God prepared long ago to be our way of life.” You and I were created for a purpose. To understand that purpose, we need to stay connected to our Creator. If we don’t…our lives might end up looking a lot like the mess in my kitchen the other day.