Posted: 01/11/2013

One afternoon a shopper at the local supermarket felt the need for a coffee break. She bought herself a little bag of biscuits and put them in her shopping bag. She then got in the queue for coffee, found a place to sit at one of the crowded tables, and then taking the lid off her coffee and taking out a magazine she began to sip her coffee and began to enjoy a good read. Across the table from her a man sat reading a newspaper.

After a minute or two she reached out and took a biscuit. As she did, the man seated across the table reached out and took one too. This put her off, but she did not say anything. A few moments later she took another biscuit. Once again the man did so too. Now she was getting a bit upset, but still she didn’t say anything.

After having a couple of sips of coffee she once again took another biscuit. So did the man. She was really upset by this time, especially since now only one biscuit was left. Apparently the man also realised that only one biscuit was left. Before she could say anything he took it, broke it in half, offered half to her, and proceeded to eat the other half himself. Then he smiled at her and, putting the paper under his arm, rose and walked off.

By this time she was really annoyed. Her coffee break ruined, already thinking ahead of how she would tell this offense to her family, she folded her magazine, opened her shopping bag, and there discovered her own unopened bag of biscuits.

She helped herself to this man’s biscuits without even saying thank you. She ate them as if they were her own. This story reminds me of how we often take so many of God’s provisions for granted without even raising a whisper of gratitude.

This time of year is the season of ‘thanksgiving’. Many schools and churches hold their ‘Thanksgiving Services.’ This is an opportunity for us to acknowledge God’s goodness in providing all that we need for a good harvest and ensure that there is food on the table. Let us not take God’s provisions for granted, let’s pause for a moment in our busy lives and say a big ‘thank you’ to God for his bountiful blessings, remembering that: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)

Pastor Arnie