We had a wonderful week when our daughter Jaymi, son in law Matt and three grandchildren, Logan, Maya and Brooklyn, came to visit us in Florida on Spring Break. Katie, our oldest daughter, and Jaymi are great planners and had the whole week scheduled with fun activities. My Ama heart was full!!
The day before they flew back to Washington, Terry wanted to go out to lunch with them at his favorite restaurant, Cheddars. The food is yummy and tastes homemade. Their croissants are worth going off a gluten free diet for. Terry was most excited to share his favorite fudge cake with them at the end of our meal. So when the waiter brought out the dessert, including seven spoons, everyone was eager to dive in. Logan took the first bite and surprisingly said, “Yuck.” Brooklyn took the cherry on top and was happy. Matt took the next bite and shockingly said “There’s something wrong with the sauce.” Terry was enjoying every bite totally ignoring their negative reactions.
I decided to listen to their dismay and stuck my finger in the sauce…it tasted like barbecue sauce. I motioned for the waiter to come over and told him, there was something very wrong with the dessert. The chocolate sauce tasted more like barbecue sauce. He politely corrected us and proudly said, “That’s our special caramel sauce.” We all disagreed (except maybe Terry) but our waiter skeptically took it back to the kitchen and had it checked out. We looked at the menu and the fudge cake pictured didn’t seem to show caramel sauce on it …. just chocolate. Moments later the manager of the restaurant came to our table and apologized for the mistake. The truth was the barbecue sauce was placed along side of the dessert toppings and the fudge cake was mistakenly doused with it instead. The saddest part was, that the barbecued flavored slice was their last piece. So the Lee’s are going to have to wait until their next visit to enjoy a piece of Terry’s favorite dessert.
Just because our waiter didn’t believe it was barbecue sauce, didn’t change the truth that it was. Truth…What is truth? The dictionary says it’s the quality or state of being true. The waiter believed us once he and the chef tasted it for themselves. That was a minor mistake (well, maybe not so minor to Terry) but it is a reminder to me, just because I don’t believe something, doesn’t mean it isn’t true.
The Bible is the Word of God and is TRUTH. Whether we believe it or not, doesn’t change the Truth. Jesus says “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” And John 3:16-18 says “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because He has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son”.
Matthew 24:35-42 ” Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”
I for one, am looking forward to Christ’s return. I pray for and am burdened for friends and family who haven’t put their trust in Jesus, yet.
If you do not know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, may I encourage you today to seek the Truth, to CHEWS JESUS…Taste and See That the Lord is Good!