The bible talks a lot about how all things work together for the good of those that love the Lord. This is the type of encounter that I want to talk about today. Things working out for your good…
James 1:2-4 (MSG) Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.
This scripture stays with me because I usually try to find the bright side to whatever I’m going through, although this wasn’t the case with my son. I was devastated to learn about Mason’s developmental delays. I mean really heartbroken because I just didn’t think that I could deal with it. I may not ever show my anxiety or fears but they are always with me, in my ear nagging and telling me I wasn’t doing enough.
I’ve said before how much I love to cook and I didn’t realize how much Mason not eating would affect my confidence levels. How it would feel like I just wasn’t a good parent because I couldn’t provide this basic need. I know that’s a little dramatic but I’m living in my truth.
In the beginning I couldn’t see past what I couldn’t do. I couldn’t see the opportunity that this problem was providing me. I didn’t understand 2 years ago why all of sudden baby food felt like the thing I was suppose to do. My daughter had some hormonal issues and changing her diet had helped her a ton but why would I feel the need to go all the way back to the beginning and make baby food. Hell I didn’t even have a baby.
I understand now that what’s been in the stars all along. I started this thing and got the ball rolling thinking that I was just going to make this product and feed babies and that be the end… Nope! It’s sooo much bigger than just that.
I’m a solutions driven person so nothing motivates me like a problem to solve. I can see now that Mason’s feeding issues was one of the best problems I could have. I jumped head first into learning more about foods that help with brain development and muscle improvement. I know that everything our bodies need, the earth already provides. I couldn’t cure him with food but I could give him a fighting chance with great nutrition.
This stretched me in a way that I didn’t know that I could be stretched. It hurt every time I made something that he didn’t like but my heart healed every time he opened wide for something that he loved.
To see him eat things like Quinoa, Chia Seeds and Greek Yogurt gave me pride and a sense of accomplishment. I also knew that I couldn’t be the only person that dealing with this issue and this has to be another area where I can help someone.
Mason breathed new life into me and my business idea of baby food. I’ve watched children from urban areas overcome insurmountable odds to not just survive but thrive.
There are kids that go to school everyday, focus on their work and haven’t had meal since lunch time the day before. Children of color are doing the absolute most with the least. What could they become on a full stomach of proper nutrition instead of ramen noodles? What could they do if they didn’t have the distraction of hunger.
How could food help our babies developmentally? These are the questions that I want to find answers to, not just for my family but for yours as well.
This is also me telling you that the thing that makes you feel the worst could be the blessing that you have been asking for. It all really does work together for your good, even if it doesn’t feel good at the time. We have good days and bad days but we have days… which means we have another chance to try something different. We have time. There is always a purpose to your pain.