There it was – as I opened the door to the refrigerator – a large bowl of freshly made banana pudding. I thought that I could write about how good it was. Or I could write about how nice it was to find, as I opened the refrigerator. I could easily write about having a nice wife that not only takes care of me – but loves me for some strange reason. But as I thought and began to reflect on it, the fact that it was good and cold was nice!
I like my food at the correct temperature. What I mean by that, is that I like my hot food hot and my cold food cold. I do not like my food lukewarm. Just like God does not like His children being halfhearted or lukewarm! So many Christians today try to be involved in so much of the world that they are limited in their commitment to God and His ministry. It is as through they are trying to straddle the fence – and if you straddle a barbed wire fence – you can get hurt!
I know from experience that when I have tried to straddle the fence between the will of God and the things of the world – the outcome is not pretty. God wants me to be His and wholly – totally – unconditionally His. As I struggle with daily life – it is an internal battle and that is common in the Christians life. But as I “battle” and “struggle” my way through each day – it is nice when He tosses me a little extra blessing or spark of “special” – that is unexpected. To me it is like a “still small voice” saying – “Hang in there, I’m with you”. It is like opening the door to a refrigerator and seeing a big bowl of cold, good Banana Pudding!
Thank you Lord for those little sparks of “special” every now and then! Oh, and thanks to my wife, if she reads this, for the Banana Pudding!
“Give Thanks” I Thessalonians 5:18
Gene Vincent is the Pastor of Beechland Baptist Church: 351 Beechland Road, Lewisburg, KY 42256