Proverbs 25:25: Like cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a distant land.
I don’t know if you’ve ever received good news in an unexpected place, at an unexpected time, from an unexpected person. All of this happened a couple of weeks ago when Becky and I went to Great American Buffer for lunch. We like to go after one o’clock, since that’s when the senior discount kicks in with a free drink. Hey, there has to be some recompense for growing old. We’re so eager to get the discount that we’ve waited outside the restaurant for the clock to kick over past one, but that free drink was well worth waiting for.
All right. So we had eaten our lunch and were just about to leave when I noticed a family of five or six, which included a little girl about six years old. They all got their food, and I assume someone in the family got her meal, because she came back bearing a small plate with something on it. From where I was seated, I couldn’t tell what she said, but as she held her plate aloft, she proclaimed to everyone she passed, “I have cookies! I have chocolate chip cookies!” I have rarely seen a broader smile or a greater sense of excitement that we did from that child that day. It warmed our hearts and made waiting for the discount worthwhile.
I got to thinking that the way the girl reacted to her cookies has a lot to say to us about how we share the Gospel. We need to proclaim it publicly with great joy and enthusiasm as we are going about our business, wherever we go. We don’t necessarily have to do this with words, but with our attitudes and actions. This is how the Good News of the Kingdom of God has been shared and will be given to others until the end of time.
The Bible tells us about the great Messianic feast at the end of time, and I have a feeling that no one has to wait for a senior discount, and that there will be cookies, and they will be chocolate chip.
Praise God for the Good News, for the sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ, and for making provision for us in every way, from now until we walk the streets of gold , bearing our cookies aloft. Amen.