30 Sep

Jesus Provides Ice Cream

This is an account of the Lord’s unfolding of His will by means of His word.  This is also an example of why the homeschool mother’s devotional time is also her most important curriculum planning time.

“When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”  Luke 14:12-14

Yesterday the Spirit seemed to prod my soul when I came to Luke 14:12-14.  That’s a hard one to apply however, since I don’t know any poor, maimed, lame or blind.  Though the principle can be applied broadly; stay heavenly minded, hope that folks would not repay because heavenly reward far exceeds earthly, I did wonder what the Lord had in mind by highlighting this verse in my heart.

Later that afternoon the girls and I went to our regularly scheduled homeschool playgroup meeting at a local park.  We got there before everyone else so we ate our lunch on the picnic table and read our chapter book together.  I noticed a large group of mentally challenged teens with their caretakers on their way toward us, and, remembering the morning reading of Luke 14:12-14, I knew the Lord had something in mind.  Many of them greeted us with a friendly smile and some hearty handshakes; I loved them instantly.  

I knew it was providence that we happened to run into this group after my reading Luke 14: 12-14 that morning, but I didn’t know what I could give that they couldn’t pay back to me, since they had already given us so much with their friendly handshakes and hellos.  What do you have in mind, Lord?  How can I give to them? 

Then an ice cream truck came rolling into the parking lot.  I never carry cash with me, but providentially I had plenty of cash that afternoon.  The Lord provided the means to give them something they could not pay back that lovely September afternoon.  What delight spread across their faces as they received their unexpected treat from the merry little ice cream truck.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow!  Jesus has a special love for the disadvantaged, the childlike, the poor in spirit, the lowly, the outcasts, and the oppressed, more than we realize.  Jesus wanted them to have ice cream that day!

That night before tucking the girls into bed I shared Luke 14:12-14 with them, letting them know the Lord provided those verses that morning, before any of the events of the day.   Their eyes bulged wide, with childlike faith they quickly put the two together and realized the Lord was at work.  Bekkah fondly recalled the delight on the teen’s faces as they received their ice cream, her broad smile indicating she had personally experienced the joy of giving. 

I could not have planned such a learning experience for my girls myself.  It was too perfect.  When I make my own plans and then ask God to bless them, I end up frustrated at best.  Far sweeter are the times when I am still enough to watch God unfold His plans by simply opening Scripture throughout the day, and with as much childlike faith as I can muster, making ready my heart to do whatever God happens to ask of me.  “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Col 4:2

So, what do you think?