As I write this, I’m sitting down at my office desk eating a bowl of Ramen Noodles. Not because I can’t afford anything else, I actually like them……some of them (dehydrated, microwaved, micro size shrimp are a little too weird for me).
As I put the bowl in the microwave to heat up my noodles I thought back to the times in my life when that was all I could afford. A time when I didn’t like them because I’d had them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the last 2 weeks. Oh and I can’t forget the SPAM. Every once in a while I would go all out and put SPAM in my Ramen for a tasty little treat. True story.
There was a time in my life where I felt like I had hit rock bottom. I was going through a terrible divorce, my garage was set on fire, I was working two jobs and trying to go to school. My finances were a wreck and I was trying to get my head above water to find a new sense of normal. All of this hit me at once. Ramen Noodles became the norm. I went through many hours of counseling to help process everything. Mind you, I was only 23 years old. That’s a lot of life experience thrown at a 23 year old all at once. It’s a lot for anyone at any age. My two jobs at the time were as a Corrections Officer and a Police Officer. I saw the sick cruelness of the world first hand. It made me bitter and cynical.
During this time I was also beginning my faith journey. During my failing marriage, I had decided to accept Jesus. My wife, at the time, was not supportive. This made my spiritual walk difficult and I felt pulled in several different directions. Thankfully, God pulled harder. I never blamed God for anything that I went through and He always seemed to place the right people at the right time in my life to help guide me.
It all seems like a distant memory now. I can’t believe that that was my life! Everything is so different now. I have a beautiful and happy family and marriage, an awesome “job”, and I’m surrounded by great people all the time. It’s taken a while to get the pieces together but I feel great about where God is leading me.
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.
God took my mess and made a miracle out of it. He worked for my good. I’m so thankful. As silly as it sounds, Ramen Noodles remind me about how faithful God is. Ramen Noodles are a symbolic reminder of who I WAS. I am transformed. Are you?
What’s your story?