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Guest Blogger: Barbara Williams

(I don’t believe that there has ever been a guest author on my blog.  This one is kinda special.  I’d like to welcome my wife Barbara!  Gee whiz I love this woman! -Eddie Williams)

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7 (NLT)

Some people need their coffee in the morning to get their day started off right.  I need my Diet Mt. Dew.  This morning I stopped, as I often do, at a vending machine at the nearby gas station to pick one up on the way to work.  As I entered the first of my coins and was about to drop in a second, the first one clanked into the coin return slot.  Undeterred and determined to get my morning Dew, I retrieved the coin and again dropped it into the slot.  Again it fell straight through the machine and into the return opening.  Now, I was getting a little frustrated and maybe even a little concerned about the time.  With a sigh and perhaps even a little growl, I made another attempt to purchase my soda and once more all I got was a returned quarter.  It was then that I noticed the message scrolling past on the little view screen….”Please Make a Selection.”  Slowly, through my early morning fog, it dawned on me what was happening, and with pointed finger pressed the button labeled, “Diet Mountain Dew.”  Immediately, I heard the familiar sounds of the successful dispensing of a soda, and kerplunck, there awaiting my grasp was a 20 ounce bottle of liquid green awakening….ABSOLUTELY FREE!  Apparently some previous consumer, either intentionally or accidently, had left me a gift.

As I drove to work, enjoying the first sips of my favorite beverage, I began to think is this the way we sometimes approach God.  We put our prayer money into the big heavenly vending machine we call God and if we don’t get what we want, as quickly as we want, we become impatient and cranky.  Maybe we wonder if something is worng with us or the way we prayed.  We might think we must not have inserted the coins right, or they must be bent, or not good enough.  We might even be tempted to kick our machine or call it a bad name.  All we know is we aren’t getting what we want.  We think of God like we think of a vending machine.  And when we want something really bad and come to God to get it and He doesn’t immediately dispense our exact wishes, we think He’s either being stingy or He is unable.  How often do we miss the fact that He already knew what we want and need and has already made it available to us?  Somebody already anticipated our greatest need and has paid for it in full, and His name is Jesus.  All we have to do is recieve it. 

Whoever paid for my Diet Mt. Dew….thanks!  And Lord Jesus, thank You for waking me up.

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