Psalm 75:1 (ESV)
God Will Judge with Equity
We give thanks to you, O God;
we give thanks, for your name is near.
We recount your wondrous deeds.
Today is August 31 which means its our time to visit the Local Baskin Robins Ice cream shop for the &1.50 cone.
I am always up for ice cream, so we always look forward to the months with 31 days and get to go celebrate with Baskin Robins and a cone of Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream. As I was thinking about the ice cream it reminded me of a story I once read.
The story is told by a dad and goes like this. Last week I took my children to a restaurant. My six-year-old son asked if he could say grace. As we bowed our heads he said, "God is good, God is great. Thank you for the food, and I would thank you even more if Mom gets us Ice Cream for dessert. And liberty and justice for all! Amen!"
Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby, I heard a woman remark, "That's what's wrong with this country. Kids today don't even know how to pray. Asking God for Ice Cream! Why, I never!"
Hearing this, my son burst into tears and asked me, "Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?"
As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table. He winked at my son and said, "I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer."
"Really?" my son asked.
"Cross my heart." Then in theatrical whisper he added (indicating to the woman whose remark had started this whole thing), "too bad she never asks God for Ice Cream. A little Ice Cream is good for the soul sometimes."
Naturally, I bought my kid Ice Cream at the end of the meal. My son stared at his for a moment and then did something I will remember the rest of my life. He picked up his Sundae and without a word walked over and placed it in front of the woman. With a big smile he told her, "Here, this is for you. Ice Cream is good for the soul sometimes and my soul is good already!"
How is your soul today?
Dear Lord, thank You for all the goodness You give to us. May we never hide Your wonder from our friends and family, but continue to declare Your greatness to anyone who can hear. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.