“It’s just like a small town to have only one eatery open after nine at night,” Paul commented to his fiancée, Carole. “Sorry. I’d hoped for some place nicer. But the only place open is the 24-hour McDonald’s.”
“That’s okay,” Carole smiled. “I love their senior coffee and fancy coffee lattes topped with cream.”
But as the seniors waited under the bright lights for their turn in line in the fast food place, Paul and Carole overheard the clerk telling the late night crowd the bad news, “Sorry, the computer is down. No debit or credit sales.”
When the couple got to the counter, Paul asked, “How about I write a check? That’s cash to you. Besides, you know me, Carole, and everyone else in town.”
“I do. But no checks. Just cash tonight. So sorry.”
So Paul and Carole stepped back, put their heads together, and counted the currency and coin in their wallets.
“I have $1.26.”
“And I’ve got $2.70.”
Together they looked at each other and got the idea, “Let’s check the car seats!”
“Dibs on the back!”
The senior couple dashed out to check in and under the seat and floor mats for more change.
They hit pay dirt.
“A dime and a penny!”
“Wow! A half dollar and a nickel!”
Sharing the richness of memories of their teen years, they slurped a milkshake through two straws. With fries and a drink before them, the two remembered that contentment comes from the inside out in all circumstances. And this experience brought them both a smile.
Paul wrote, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” [Philippians 4:11-13].
Paul’s challenges were much more serious than not having enough currency for a late night snack. A need for real sustenance arose often enough, but he looked beyond that. Instead, Paul focused on God, not on what he did or didn’t have. And God provided for him as he does for us. Paul advises us to be content and to look to God for our true needs.
How often do we ask for or long something that is not a need? How often does God say ‘No’?” But do more possessions that crowd closets, storage lockers and sheds fill the gap where God should be? What could be better to choose than a lasting relationship and communication with a great God of love, care, and provision?
Compare wants to needs. God always gives generously and in a timely manner.
Best of all, God’s divine communication never closes down to accept cash only. He opens the door at any hour—and it’s all free.
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of articles, anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]