Find God

Find God.

Warning. This devotion may give you the willies. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you. Last Saturday evening, Scott and I took my two daughters and their girls to a restaurant for dinner. We have been to this place many times before. Because there were 7 of us, they put us in a booth that you have to step down into after you take your shoes off.  Yes, it was a Japanese restaurant. As I’m getting in, I’m thinking—hope I can get out. Anyway, we are sitting there waiting for our main course and both Vic and I see at the same time something fall from the wall onto the booth right next to Wee. Wee didn’t see it. We are trying so hard to take care of this without scaring her but to no avail. She sees this gigantic roach and she screams at the top of her lungs the most blood curdling scream I have ever heard. Then her scream gives way to crying. I don’t blame her. The waiter comes over and we apprise him of the situation. He tries to take care of it. Now I’m still sitting on the other side of the table—blocked in.  And he says, “It’s coming for you.” No, I didn’t scream. But I did say to Scott and Vic, “Get out! Get out!”  I had no problem exiting that booth. Ok. So he got it. The owner comes over and makes excuses for the roach and says, “I’m taking 20% off your meal.” I am dumbfounded by this. Who wants to eat now anyway? As we are discussing the 20% among the adults, Eliza says, “That’s very nice of the man, isn’t it?” You see, I was considering what I would do next, and it didn’t include calling him nice. Should he have given us our meal for free (the meal I couldn’t eat)? Yes. We had a choice to make—follow the lead of Eliza or make a scene. We followed her lead. We gave that poor waiter a nice tip—after all, he was my hero. We will never go back to the place. But all in all, I think we handled the situation well after the little child led us.  I always say, it’s not our circumstances that define us, but instead how we react to them. We could have been angry jerks. But what good would come from that? Jesus was never a jerk. Jesus always handled everything in love and compassion. He didn’t make excuses, He just made a way for us to do the same. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19.14). Little children have a great sense of love, trust, and faith. This child didn’t focus on the circumstances, but saw the best in the situation. Maybe more of us should be like this. What are you dealing with today that makes you want to scream and cry? Find the good in today. It’s there because God is there with you every step of the way. (I warned you this devotion might give you the willies.)


Rev. Deanna M. Young