I love tomatoes. To me, not many foods compare. I can eat them plain, on a sandwich, with eggs, with cheese, with salt and pepper, on a piece of bread….you get the idea. There is something about a tomato that makes all food better. You will never look in my fridge and not see multiple kinds of tomatoes waiting for their next assignment. I love them.
That passion drove my family to the grocery store last night. One of my favorite things to eat with tomatoes is a turkey and cheese sandwich and we were out of tomatoes. I looked at Eddie before we exited our car and simply said, “Let’s make this quick.” We went inside and ended up leaving with a whole cart full of stuff that we forgot we needed. While inside hunting for the perfect tomato Grace recommended some ice cream. I obliged and went the extra mile getting both of my squealing children ice cream cones and caramel syrup. As we drove home the car was filled with chatter about the ice cream sundaes that were sure to ensue AFTER, of course, our sandwiches stuffed with tomatoes.
We ate. Jude was the first one finished an looked at me with those beautiful blue eyes and asked so politely for a “Little Debbie” cake. I reminded him about the ice cream and he said that he had changed his mind and wanted the little debbie cake. Eddie reminded him of the ice cream, and posed the question, “Are you sure?” Jude, almost annoyed that we would even asked repeated once again, “I really want the little debbie cake, instead of the ice cream.” To which, we both said, “Alright.” After the rest of us were finished I brought out the ice cream goodness and was busy making sundaes for the three of us. Jude was watching closely. He saw me scoop a huge portion for Grace as she waited patiently for me to be finished. He watched as we let her have more cherries than normal on her ice cream sundae. He watched as she dug in for the first time and exclaimed to the world, “THIS IS SOOOOOOO GOOD.” He watched.
He finally looked at his dad and slid the poor little debbie cake over to him and said, “I was just kidding, I actually want ice cream.” When Eddie gave a hearty, “UMMMMMM, NO, we warned you that if you chose the Little Debbie, you wouldn’t get the ice cream.”
We had a sad little boy on our hands.
One of the phrases that we say all the time in our house is, “Good is always enemy of the best.” Eddie and I knew that the ice cream would be way better than Jude’s choice, however, Jude didn’t believe us, and suffered the consequences of getting the good and not waiting for the best.
Circumstances may be different, but I know that this is not too far off from where you or I have been. Throughout the entire Bible God tells us clearly things like….
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.
However, most of us are NOT living out our Christian lives experiencing our desires, hope and dreams fulfilled, because WE HAVE CHOSEN TO SETTLE. Our enemy has been the good when we could have received the best.
My question to you today is, Do you believe God? An amazing life full of crazy awesome things is waiting, God is telling you not to choose the Little Debbie when you could have the entire ICE CREAM SUNDAE. Won’t you choose today to live a life that settles for nothing except the extraordinary. God promised it, even if it requires a wait on your part.