Friday, March 4, 2011

a pimple on prom night

Mooom!!! Mooom!!

Jackie raced towards the crying and shaking voice that seemed to get louder and more anxiety filled with each cry for her mother, expecting to find her daughter less a major extremity or lying in a pool of blood.

Finding her daughter in the bathroom the sobs almost uncontrollable as she turns towards her mother angrily pointing to her chin, “look, it is a week before prom and I have a piiimmpplle” barely able to cry out the words. Jackie touches her daughters arm tells her it is going to be ok and quietly slips out of the bathroom.

“HOW IS THIS GOING TO BE OK”! She shouts as her mother makes her down the hallway barely able to able to control the laughter, Jackie dials my number.  Knowing I have dealt with acne since my mid twenties Jackie asked if I have some sort of cream that would clear up a barely there zit that her daughter was convinced made her look like she had a Nanny McPhee size growth sticking out the side of her face.

“I will gather up my creams and be over after dinner” I told her.

Handing over a weeks worth of face wash, cream and zit zapper, I gave her strict instructions for the best possible results, wash and apply the creams twice daily and don’t touch it, that’s it, nothing more. “Trust me, it works” I said as Jackie’s daughter went stomping off to her room having zero faith in my no fail method.  I am happy to report that there was no pimple on prom night.  Jackie’s daughter is now in college and vehemently denies the pimple fiasco, convinced she would never behave in such a way over a simple pimple.

Have you ever thought that what seems disaterous to us, like a teenager having a pimple on prom night, is just a simple pimple to God? Nothing that some washing  in the Word of God, applying the cream of prayer and keeping our fingers off it can't fix?

Keep putting one foot in front of the other doing the next best thing you know to do and don't try to control or manipulate the situation, have some faith that He will work it out the way it is supposed to be worked out. 

We will have many prom night like pimples to practice on in this life. 

Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith it impossible to please God.

John 14:27 tells us, peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart! I have overcome the world.”


  1. I was challenged the other day to make a pact with the Lord for 31 Days. It could be anything He and I agreed on. I'm guarding my heart and mind in Christ Jesus: by washing myself in His Word and taking my hands off that which I can't control.

    As I walk these 31 days out, I'll remember your vivid analogy! Thanks for a great laugh and wise words!

  2. Great post Kandi! Love this "Have you ever thought that what seems disaterous to us, like a teenager having a pimple on prom night, is just a simple pimple to God? Nothing that some washing in the Word of God, applying the cream of prayer and keeping our fingers off it can't fix?"

    I know there have been many times in my own life where I've blown things out of proportion over a "simple pimple"

  3. Loved the post. It is so true for people in there everyday life. A great analogy. I have learned that things are never as bad as they seem at that moment, at that place, at that time. After going through so many deaths in my and my husbands own family and some trauma's with the dealings of various things that life throws are way it is much too easy to lean on God and believe that he will take care of everything. I think that's why so many people have a hard time with that faith - it really is too easy. They think they should go through something so much harder to get to the otherside. There was a time in my life I was afraid of failure. I know no matter what that God is my saving grace and he will not let me fail. And because I believe in him, how can I?
    How Can I! Because of HIM I will always be a winner!
    Wonderful post Kandi.