Kyle Bueermann | @kylebueermann
Our family is getting ready for a move at the end of February to take on a new ministry adventure. This causes all kinds of fun experiences. Last week we signed the papers on our new house, and we took a trailer with us. So, my wife and I spent a couple of nights in our new house with about 1/8 of all the stuff we own. Basically, this means that we had just enough of our stuff to feel like we were camping in a house that wasn’t ours.
Now, I consider myself a coffee connoisseur (i.e. a caffeine addict) so, naturally, I took a coffee pot. I did not, however, have any coffee. So I bought coffee at a local grocery store. Now, when buying a bag of coffee, it is very important to note whether the bag is filled with “whole bean” or “ground” coffee. I did not take this into account. You can imagine my surprise then, when I opened the bag of coffee to find it filled with whole beans. My coffee grinder was six hours away. For a coffee aficionado such as myself, this presented a real problem.
Not to worry… I would figure this out. So, I set about devising a clever way to grind these coffee beans. After taking inventory of the tools available to me and using a complex set of equations, quotients, square roots (it’s science…you wouldn’t understand), I finally settled on what I was certain would be a brilliant plan. I poured some coffee beans into a grocery sack and proceeded to smash it repeatedly with the largest wrench I could find (all the time praying I didn’t damage the brand new granite counter tops!). To my astonishment, this was not successful. To make an even longer story short, I ended up microwaving a mug of sweet tea that was several shades darker than the “coffee” in the coffee pot.
This is all a reminder to me that, when following God’s plan for your life, you never know where you will wind up or what will happen in the meantime. (And, you might just find out that a hot cup of sweet tea is pretty awesome!)
Oh, and also, have the right tool for the right job or something. There's a lesson in there. I'm sure you can find it.
Kyle Bueermann is a New Mexico pastor. He has been married to Michelle since 2004 and they have two kids who are far cooler than he will ever be. He takes his ministry, but not himself, seriously. In addition to his family and ministry, Kyle loves Johnny Cash and the Texas Rangers.You can contact him on Twitter at @kylebueermann.