Ice Cream on a Hot Summer's Day
Today was a very hot day in Johannesburg and after work, I stopped at the local grocery store to buy some milk and bread. I walked passed the ice cream fridges and really felt like a delicious ice cream to cool me down.
It took me a while to decide which one I will have as they didn’t have stock of my favourite, so I settled for a caramel-coated vanilla ice cream stick instead.
I paid for my groceries and packed everything away in the back of the car. I took out my ice cream from the bag as I planned to enjoy it in the car on my way home.
But, as I took it out of the bag, I felt a nudge in my heart to give the ice cream to the car guard who was standing next to me. I didn’t really want to do it, but I heard a still voice in my heart that said, I will give you another ice cream if you give this one away.
So I decided to obey God’s still small voice in my heart and I gave the man my ice cream.
I went home and continued my day and didn’t give it another thought until my son and his girlfriend came to visit us unexpectedly. This is not something they ever do. They only visit us together when it’s someone’s birthday.
But what a surprise it was when they walked into the kitchen with the most delicious salted caramel ice cream I have ever tasted in my life. It tasted so much better than the one I would have had from the shop.
Once again I stand amazed at how rewarding obedience to the voice of God can be. It is such a small and insignificant thing, but it built my trust yet again that I can hear God’s voice and that He does speak to me.
It is in moments like these that I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that my Father knows and loves me intimately. This has not been an easy year for any of us, but these little glimpses of God’s presence in my ordinary daily life, makes me feel less alone in this world.
Maybe I am not crazy after all. Even though I have so many unanswered questions and so much hurt and doubt and I am so tired of waiting on the promises of God that seems so unattainable right now, He reminds me that He is still there.
Thank you, Father, for your unfailing love and faithfulness even when we get tired of waiting…
I love you.