Some people like their coffee pure. Strong. Black. Pure. Not me, though. If it weren't for Coffee-mate flavored creamer, I would not be able to drink coffee.
You see, coffee by itself is bitter! To me, it just doesn't taste good at all. There is nothing sweet about it, or smooth and comforting - just harsh, bitter, dark, and biting.
But a small miracle happens when you pour in some of this creamer. With my yummy creamer, coffee becomes sweet, delicious, comforting, and soothing. (Which, by the way, Belgium Chocolate Toffee is really, really good. Even a purist just might like it!) Without the creamer, the harshness of the coffee is too much to bear, but just a splash of the creamer makes it wonderful. I can still taste hints of the bitterness of the coffee, but they are okay when taken with the sweetness of the creamer.
I think that life is like this coffee. By itself, life is harsh, bitter, and at times cruel. But my Savior knew that I could not handle pure life with no creamer, so he poured splashes of creamer all throughout my life. He gave me his Word to smooth out the harshness of a sinful world. He poured friends into my life to add laughter to each day. He gave me times when my mother stays with my children so I can go shopping without going crazy. He added flowers, rain showers, and singing birds to His creation just for my delight. And, as if these things weren't enough, he added children to my life.
He made sure babies have fat rolls on their knees, because He knew moms would melt at the sight of them. He even made their feet so cute that the cares of the world fade into the background, like a subtle undertone of bitterness when taken with the precious sight of these in the focus.
Have you ever tried straight creamer? It would be overwhelming, but a little touch of it here and there makes everything balance out just right.