Back in the day, our house was THE party house. We had a crowd just about every weekend. Most of the time we would be slightly overindulging, if you know what I mean. I’ll go ahead and say, I’m so thankful for the lessons I learned in my life B. C. (Before Christ).
Anyway, one night we were all sitting around the kitchen table playing cards and carrying on, things were winding down. Our friend Stacey announced that she was about to leave. We were all saying our goodbyes, and talking amongst ourselves. I noticed that Stacy was still in the kitchen looking in the pantry?! I guess everyone noticed the strange look on my face because they started looking too. No one said anything, we just sat and watched.
She had found a Walmart bag from the pantry, walked over to the fridge and opened the freezer, and proceeded to fill the bag with food. My mouth hit the floor! Everyone looked at me as if to say, “are you seeing what she’s doing?” I was in shock. I mean, who does this?
We all seemed to be frozen. Eyes wide and jaws on the floor. When the grocery bag was slam packed full, she said “See y’all later!” With a big smile on her face, and headed out the door.
We sat there in silence, for what seemed like forever, then the comments started coming all at once. “What the?” “Did you see what she did?” “She just took your groceries?” “She just cleaned out our freezer?!”
As we sat there rambling, trying to figure out what the heck had just happened. The door flew open and Stacy burst in the door, with her bag of frozen goodies, doubled over with laughter!! She was quite proud, as she should’ve been, at what she had just pulled off. Of course, at that point everyone started roaring! I don’t know how she had done that with a straight face! Everyone who was there still laughs about that to this day!
Isn’t that how we are with God? It’s all fun and games when God’s freezer’s open (so to speak) and we’re filling our grocery bags. But what about when the door closes and the blessings don’t come? Do we trust Him anyway? Do we lift our hands in praise, knowing that, no matter what our circumstances are, God is still God? Or do we worry and fret, or blame God, or pitch a fit like a three year old? Jesus said in John 16:33, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
We’re never promised that life will always be easy. This world can be cold and cruel. But no matter what this life throws at us, we can always trust that God’s in control. Even when it doesn’t feel as if He is, and even when we can’t understand. He is! He takes care of our needs.
Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread. Psalm 37:25
The moral of the story is, if you trust God to take care of your needs, you don’t have to clean out your friend’s freezer!