I know this is probably not a muscle you have ever heard of and no, you will not find it in any anatomy book, but it is a very real muscle.
I only allow my children to have macaroni and cheese and hot dogs once a week. If they had their way, they would probably eat it for every meal. One of my sons especially loves mac ‘n cheese. This also happens to the son that has a VERY difficult time with any changes to his routine. Last Monday when it came time to make dinner, we discovered that we did not have any milk, so I made hot dogs and a few other sides. When we sat down to eat, this son of mine realized there was no macaroni and cheese, tragic disaster!
The look on his face was what you would expect if he had just received news of imminent nuclear apocalypse. I quickly put my, “mother teaching moment” hat on and explained the macaroni and cheese muscle to him.
I gently told my son that there are going to be a lot worse things in life than missing his favorite meal. I said that there will be times later in life when he is looking forward to something wonderful and instead there is tragedy. I told him that it is like we have an endurance muscle inside us, that we have to develop, so when the big tragedies do occur, they do not sink us and we can keep putting one foot in front of the other.
As hard as this was for him, I explained that this was an opportunity to build up that internal strength. I even went so far as to say that as strange as it sounds, we can even be grateful for times like this of minor disappointments to learn how to overcome and keep living.
The awesome thing is that we do not have to do any of this in our own strength. God promises to always be there for us, giving us His strength through the Holy Spirit to face whatever challenges come our way, even a lack of macaroni and cheese!