Normally, you couldn’t keep Bryan away from mac and cheese with a team of Clydesdale horses. Instead, the four-year-old was staring at his food.

“What’s the matter, Sweetie?” his mom asked, wondering if he were sick.

His brother was munching down the new variation with gusto, making “Mmmm” sounds. Soon John reached for seconds.

But Bryan lamented, “I can’t eat this, Mom.”

“Why not? It’s your favorite!”

“Not like this. It has onions in it.”

“So? Onions are a spice of life! You’re going to have to learn to like onions. ”

His face was full of concern as he started to pick out the onions from the casserole.
“I’ll learn to like onions when I’m five and I’ll learn to like girls when I’m fifteen.”

Years later, Bryan, the married man, made “Mmmm” sound while eating roasted chicken breast smothered with mushroom sauce, cheese, and caramelized onions. Obviously, he learned to like both onions and girls.

Sometimes God will move an obstacle for us. Sometimes he plows through it with us. Sometimes he just leaves it alone, working beside us, knowing that he can make up for any weak areas we have.

Though Paul’s request is for the healing of a physical ill in this passage, he writes, “But he [God] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness’…That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” [2 Corinthians 12:9-10] NIV.

Through it all– the challenges and even the onions, God is with us, making us able
to be strong and to learn to like life whatever comes our way.

[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, available from her website, and For more chuckles and to hear a speech, enjoy excerpts of her book and tips, check her entire website options and weekly blog.]