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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Finally…I Got a Lunch Box

God is so funny! I’ll bet He just looks at us some times and smiles. This past week, he blessed me in the most humorous ways ever! I thought that I’d share it with you in case you’re wondering. “Excuse me, but where’s my blessing?”
 
Now if you recall, I told you a story in a posting last year about how I always wanted a lunch box as a kid. Because I was bused to the predominately white school, I naturally wanted to fit in – that meant having a lunchbox  (thermos included) with a character on it (i.e. Star Wars, Barbie, Strawberry Shortcake, etc.). I don’t know what it was about a lunchbox, but really, really, really wanted one.
 
Well, guess what? Last week, I finally got a lunchbox! I was so thrilled! I know you think I’m crazy, but seriously. Now, I’m not thrilled because I actually “still” want a lunch box, but it was more or less a reminder that God hasn’t forgotten about me. Let me help you understand.
 
You already know that God works in seasons. I can tell you that the past two years of my life have been the roughest season EVER, especially the past six months. I’m talking about I was really beginning to question some basic fundamentals like, “Am I real? Let me pinch myself.” Okay, please don’t act brand new. When life really stomps your pinkie toe, your mind surely can come up with some stuff.
 
I felt so far away from God, even though I was doing everything I was supposed to be doing - studying my word, praising, worshiping, serving. I felt like I was living in one of those dreams when you’re walking in pitch-black nothingness yelling, “Hello. Where are you God? You said that you would never leave me. I know that you’re here. I trust you, but please don’t hide from me.” All you can hear is the echo of your own voice. Are you feeling me? It got so bad that the enemy wanted me to curse God. But, no sir! Real country right here, “I ain’t gon’ be able to do it!” God is faithful!
 
You see - a former co-worker/friend of mine has had my graduation gift since December. Anyway, I finally went to get it last week. I must have acted a fool in my car when I pulled that lunchbox out of that bag. It had Snoopy and Charlie Brown on it. And, I love me some Snoopy. Like, he is the coolest dog ever, right? What other dog do you know can ice-skate and cook Thanksgiving dinner? But I digress.
 
I totally went into little kid mode, smiling and screaming. My friend was just laughing at me. I admit that my reaction was a bit overly dramatic. At that moment, my faith was more childlike than it had been in a VERY long time  More than 20 years later, one of the desires of my heart was fulfilled. I had forgotten all about my childhood wish. Just like some times we forget all about prayer requests we’ve petitioned before God years ago.
 
My point is this: I could’ve picked up that gift way back in December, but on that particular day I went to get it. At my lowest season, God gave me the smallest reminder of His faithfulness. All I had to do was receive it like a child. My friend, he hasn’t forgotten you either. I encourage you to accept the smallest gift from God today with childlike faith.
 
When it seems like God has placed your requests on the back burner, just remember that prayers are boomeranging back to you right now! They may not get answered tomorrow, or next week, or even next year. But, don’t lose hope. Your seed will sprout in due season.
 
You might not get this awkward praise report, but get this - God promised to be with you forever. And friend - forever is a mighty long time.
 
    “I gotta lunchbox!”
    “I gotta lunchbox!”
 
 Dancing and singing,
 
 
Saki