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Have you ever had something as simple and seemingly insignificant as a cookie take you back in time? I have.
There I was, pushing my cart down the aisle of my local grocery store when I came upon these lovely little cookies, prominently displayed, to entice the Valentine shoppers. Suddenly, I was back in my Kindergarten classroom. The year was 1965.
My hands were folded on top of my desk. I was sitting up straight and tall. I was displaying my very best behavior but on the inside I was about to burst!
“Pick me”! “Pick me”!
My teacher stood in front of the classroom holding a basket full of pieces of paper, each one inscribed with the name of a kindergartener. A student stood next to her, ready to reach in and draw out a name.
“Pick me”! “Pick me”! “Please, please, please, pick me”!
The previous cookie girl reached her hand into the basket and drew out a name. My teacher read the name out loud.
“Oh, please, let it be me”!
“Kim Edwards! You are the cookie girl for tomorrow”!
Yes! Joy above all joys! This meant that I would get to go to the grocery store with my parents and pick out cookies to take to my class the next day. Now, I was not content to provide your ordinary, run of the mill cookies. No Oreos, Vienna cookies or chocolate chips for this girl. I would head straight to the Danish Bakery and pick out the fancy little tea cookies, starburst shaped with blue candy centers.
The following day, I would proudly walk into my classroom carrying a little white box full of dainty tea cookies. I would get to draw the name of the next cookie boy or girl and then impatiently wait until it was my turn again a few weeks later.
This made me consider how I respond to serving the Lord. Am I saying to God “pick me!, pick me!, yes, I’ll do that, I’ll go there, I’ll talk to that person, I’ll write that. I’ll do whatever you ask; please, oh please, pick me”. Or, do I see the opportunities to serve God that are placed before me as a chore.
Its a question of perspective. Do I get to serve the Lord? or Do I have to serve Him? How about you?
I heard the Lord’s voice saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?
Then I said, Here am I; send me. Isaiah 6:8 (W)