Thursday, May 17, 2012

Way More than We Thought

I'm sitting at a Starbucks about seven blocks from Times Square as I write this.  I'm across the street from the Carnegie Deli where where Justin and I ate lunch.  It is over 100 years old and was packed.  We ate beside an Indian couple (from India) who were on a 40 day holiday.  We ordered.  Justin got a Reuben sandwich and I got the local spotlight special, a "Woody Allen."  The walls were plastered with pictures of all the stars who have eaten here over the past century.  Impressive.  Most impressive as well were our sandwiches when they arrived.  I'm not sure how many animals were killed to just make our sandwiches, but a herd comes to mind. The picture is only "half" the sandwich.  No, I didn't eat it all.  Justin's Reuben looked like a mountain covered with cheese.  He didn't eat it all either.
We did not want to waste the food.  In fact, we discussed how sad it was that so much food must be wasted every day in this deli, yet the streets outside had their fair share of homeless and hungry folks in them.  We asked for "to go" containers and within a block we had shared our excess with people who were hungry.  Their joy was a blessing to see.

Took me an immediate different direction.  It has to do with a promise I read recently.  It comes from Psalm 84:11

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.

This tells us that the Lord is just waiting to pour out all kinds of good things on us.  He wants to do that so that we can have an abundance in our lives that overflows to others.  Yet I wonder how much is just sitting, being wasted in the storerooms of heaven, because we fail to see and hear what He wants to give us.  Or are we paralyzed by fear or sin or some other roadblock of blessing? 

Your Heavenly Father wants to share excess with you so that you can pass it on to the hungry.  Its not going to be just material things.  It may be.  The question is, are you willing, ready and seeking to receive what He has?  Ask, and you will receive.  Seek and you will find.  Knock and the door will be opened.

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