Did you ever experience a time when you were right and had the evidence to prove you were right?
I know that for me, it does not happen very often. In fact, I cannot think of a time that it really did happen to me. Well, until recently. I want to remember this incident as long as I live.
The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage was preparing for our Thanksgiving family get-together. Everything has to be done just so.
One thing she is most focused on are vegetables. According to her, there has to be a balance of vegetables and the greener the better.
I, on the other side of the “I Do” aisle, have very little patience for vegetables. I was losing the battle for this vegetables war until recently.
I was haphazardly watching the news one night when they came out with a very scary bulletin. It seems that a certain vegetable (I will not name it because I am not a vegetable person and a vegetable to me is a vegetable) was infected and giving people E. coli.
“Hey, my dear,” I cheerfully said, “come and look at this news report.”
I was as quiet as long as I possibly could be, and then I blurted out, “See, I told you, vegetables are not all good.”
She gave me one of “those looks” and walked back into the kitchen.
“If it’s on TV it has to be true,” I spurted very sarcastically.
“There has never been,” I began as seriously as possible, “any news report that apple fritters are harmful to your health. Certainly, not like this vegetable on the news today.”
She looked at me and smiled, but as I walked away, I could see out of the corner of my eye she was sticking her tongue out at me. It feels so good to be right about something and have it collaborated by the “TV news media.”
At our family Thanksgiving get together, I noticed that a certain “vegetable” was not on the table. You do not know how hard it was for me not to mention that. Every once in a while I would glance in my wife’s direction and smile. She knew what I was smiling about, but just let it go.
Every time I eat an apple fritter from now on, I am going to be smiling in remembrance of that “vegetable.” I am not that accustomed to victory and so I was taking advantage of it. However, I knew I had to be careful because sometimes things can backfire. I know this by experience.
I was enjoying my victory at the time, and then I remembered what the apostle Paul said about victory. “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
God has for us victory that supersedes any victory we could have in this world. His victory is always through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship. He lives with the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage in Ocala.