August 13, 2011
“In one way or another, God makes sure that we all experience what it means to be outside so that he can personally open the door and welcome us back in.” Romans 11:32 (The Message Bible)
While planning a two-week vacation for our family in Germany, one of the things I was most adamant about was experiencing the culture of the countries we were visiting. I pronounced, “I do not want to eat anything I can eat in America—especially at McDonalds.” We saw McDonald restaurants just about in every city, but thumbed our noses to it in favor of stopping at a bakery and deli to pick up the crusty bread, thin-sliced cold cuts and cheeses for lunch. Unfortunately, that was usually what we had for breakfast, too. Only one time while staying a family-owned hostel were we served a boiled egg. The owner was so pleased to tell us that he had his own chickens and raised his own eggs. I savored the taste of that egg.
As we waited in the terminal in Frankford, Germany, to board our airplane, a Golden Arch caught my attention. The familiarity of the taste of a thin burger and American cheese got to me, and I lined up the family and said, “Order whatever you want. Lunch is on me.”
Dear Lord, thank you for experiences that remind us how comfortable we are living in your grace. Amen.