Once again I was away from home with time on my hands. I decided to sit at an open air bar and read a newspaper. Having looked at the various headlines on offer I felt it was too nice a day to be spoilt with negative story-lines and bad news.
So I sat at a table nursing a long cool drink and looked inside my attaché-case for something to read. There I found an old copy of “Prison to Praise” by Merlin R Carothers. I must have read it several times. So I took it out for a quick read.
It’s one of a series of Praise books by the same author, in which he teaches we should praise God at all times, even when times are bad and things go wrong. Worth a read!
I was still reading when the waitress came to take my lunch order.
So I sat there with nothing much to do – and I was good at doing it too.
The restaurant was busy and the service very slow – but no matter, I had time on my hands and it helped me contemplate about the past, the present, and what may happen to me in the future too. Hopefully with God at my side.
Eventually, the waitress asked me: Have you had your dessert sir?
What was it you ordered?
Well … it was so long ago I really can’t remember.
She smiled and said she’ll check and bring it to me straight-away.
Moments later she brought me something which I’m certain I didn’t order.
I looked at the menu and it was described as: A freshly baked waffle covered in maple syrup and fruits of the wood and garnished with a raspberry coulis.
I’m sure I never ordered that! I’m far too unsophisticated to know what a coulis is.
I checked my pocket dictionary and it said: A thick sauce made of puréed fruit or vegetables.
Oh well, I thought. This isn’t the safe vanilla ice-cream I normally settle for. Let’s try it anyway. After all, the waitress has hurried away to serve someone else.
It was delicious I tell you. Exceeded expectations.
Which brings me to another thought.
Sometimes, like this waitress, God answers our prayers by serving us something we never expected and far better than what we asked for.
So there you have it. A longer than usual Blog with a book recommendation; and a reminder that sometimes God’s answers to prayers exceed expectations.
You will note that I recommended a Merlin Carothers book. I am far too polite to suggest you read any of my own books.
I’ve read them several times. I’m sure you’ll like them too!