Friday, July 19, 2019
God's Best Comes First
Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet."
They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now."
For years, my husband, Danny, and I feed our backyard birds (and squirrels - we can't forget the squirrels!) a diet of high-quality sunflower seeds. None of that mixed seed stuff for them! We serve only the best here at the Orlando Cafe, even to our feathered and furry friends.
Imagine my disappointment, then, when Danny returns from Home Depot with a measly 10 lbs. bag of sunflower seeds and another 10 lbs. of the mixed variety. "They were totally out of the large sunflower bags," he explains. "Why don't you try blending the two, and see what happens."
I'm skeptical, of course, but the feeders are empty, and I'm left with no choice but to experiment. I use an extra bag to combine the seeds as best I can, and head out for the bird feeders. Once these are filled, I proceed to scatter the remaining seeds all of the ground so the squirrels, and the occasional chipmunk, can eat their fill.
That is, if they'll ever go near it, I think to myself, gloomily, as I trudge back into the house.
About thirty minutes later, I decide to look out our kitchen window to see how things are progressing. I can't believe my eyes! Birds are swarming the feeders, and more squirrels than we've ever seen at one time are gorging themselves blissfully. Wow!
I realize that what I thought was cheap fare for our critters is actually an appealing delicacy, one I would never have imagined if circumstances hadn't forced my hand to try out this new recipe.
Do the animals wonder why I've withheld the best from them all these years? Probably not.
But one thing we can all be sure of - when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we never need fear He will withhold His very best from us. He will shower us with His love and grace, fill us with Living Water until our cup overflows with abundance.
Jesus' best comes first, never last.
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