by Kevin on April 7, 2010

It’s no secret that I think eating is a waste of time. This probably comes from the fact that I had surgery on my pancreas when I was fifteen years old. Ever since then, eating has been a source of discomfort to me. Now, this doesn’t happen all the time. It just happens enough that I wish there was a pill I could take where I didn’t have to eat at all. I am in good shape and I get plenty of exercise every day. Most of the time, this comes in the form of running behind.

After a long day, I came home looking forward to a good meal. My wife is an excellent cook and she never cooked up anything that didn’t taste good. Thanksgiving had recently passed and we were still eating on some of the leftovers. I have never had a problem with leftovers. Some things, such as beans, taste better a couple of days later than they did the first day.

I sat down at the table and drank a glass of tea while my wife finished cooking the meal. I didn’t know what it was, but it smelled pretty darn good–and I was hungry. I could smell cornbread and the thought of that, smothered with a ton of butter, got my mouth to watering. I smiled to myself and thought how lucky a man I was. Good food, great wife (and gorgeous to boot), and awesome kids made the troubles of the day just melt away like–like–like butter on hot cornbread.

My wife brought everything out of the kitchen just before I started chewing on the table. I couldn’t wait to dig in. She handed me a plate for the delicious smelling cornbread and then she handed me a bowl. She went back to the kitchen and came back with a big pot of homemade ham soup. I lathered up the cornbread and then shoveled me a big pile of ham soup into my bowl. We thanked God for all that He provided and then I had a mouthful of soup and the trimmings in nearly before “amen” was out.

One of the problems with my surgery is that I have to be careful and not over eat. A regular portion of food is usually enough for me. I rarely go back for seconds. Not because I am full, but because it hurts my belly when I eat too much. This day though, I couldn’t resist another helping of cornbread with my butter.

When I had all but licked my bowl and plate clean, I downed another glass or two of her great sweet tea. I don’t think she had finished fixing the kid’s plates before I had sat back in satisfaction. “Were you a hungry fellow today?” she asked. I smiled, content with my life and all God had given me. I looked at her and thanked her for the meal she had took the time to cook. She smiled back and said, “Did you like my ham soup?”

I grinned at her and put one hand on her arm and said, “Not at all. Not one ounce. But that doesn’t change the fact that I am very grateful for what you did for me.” There was a split second in there that I didn’t know if she was going to slap me, stab me with her fork, or cry. Finally, she started laughing hysterically.

When she stopped laughing, she asked, “Why did you eat it all if you didn’t like it?” I told her that God had provided, she had cooked, and that I was grateful. To this day, we have a code word for what I like and don’t like. When I really don’t care for something she cooks, she will ask, “Do you like that as much as ham soup?” To which I reply, “And just as grateful.”

Luke 9:16-17
16 Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. 17 They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers!

In today’s society, we put way too much emphasis on what we like and don’t like. It’s not enough anymore to have more than we need, we want it to be exactly what we want and how we want it. I think that I would rather have that ham soup instead of fish and bread. God never promised you everything you ever wanted, He promised you everything that you need. We need to spend more time thinking about what we have instead of what we want. So, the next time you think to yourself that you don’t like something, take a step back and just be thankful that you have anything at all. We need to go from being a “picky” society to a “grateful” society. When we focus on being thankful that our needs have been provided for, we will realize that there is always leftovers. Sometimes, twelve basket fulls.

Kevin Weatherby, Pastor


© Kevin Weatherby, 2010

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  • Thomas

    So true! I forget sometimes to focus on what I have and try to get what I want. Thanks for the great devotional!

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