It’s funny, the little things that bring to mind God’s love for us. Like today, for example, at the ice cream shop. A gentleman in his 80s was buying ice cream for his lovely bride. I didn’t eavesdrop for the entire transaction (that would be rude – fun, but rude), but I did look his way just in time to see the server hand him two huge strawberry shortcake sundaes. Judging from the ear-to-ear smile on his face as he picked up those sundaes, I’m guessing this 80-year-old gentleman was feeling around seven years old right about then. He didn’t know I was looking at him, or that anyone was. No, this genuine shortcake-eatin’ grin came from deep inside, most likely from a love of ice cream dating back to the 1930s. It also didn’t hurt that the server had made a couple of the best looking strawberry shortcake sundaes that I have ever seen (and I’m 52, so I’ve seen, and eaten, a few).
As I turned away, the very first thing that came to my mind was how God loves to delight His people. Malachi 3:12 (ESV): “Then all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land of delight, says the Lord of hosts.” But, as I thought about it more, it seemed to me an even better picture of how He delights in us, and if we choose to, how we can delight in Him. “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 34:7) (Does that include strawberry shortcake sundaes?)
You know, I can’t wait to get to heaven for a whole host of reasons. But….I bet they make some pretty awesome strawberry shortcake sundaes there. Yep, can’t wait.