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The Sweet Stuff

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
–Psalm 119:103

One day, while leaving the grocery store, I spied a lady outside who was selling some very nice limes. She told me the pile of limes would be 20,000 rupiah (about $1.50 US). I gave her a 10, a 5, two 2’s and a 1. She refused, said it wasn’t what she wanted. Enter Gourd Guy (dressed in nothing but a gourd), also standing outside the grocery store. He tried to convince the lady that it was the correct amount. (By now I am getting the feeling that this lady might not be thinking clearly.) I then gave her two 10s, and she was happy.

I was loading up my scooter when she lifted up her shirt and pointed to her stomach, saying, “lapar.” She was hungry. I rooted around in my bag and found some crackers and then offered her some water. She looked down in my bag and gleefully grabbed the can of Sprite I had in there, and then giggled all the way back to where she was selling her limes. Gourd Guy scolded her. I laughed and said it was fine, and held out a water for him. He looked in my bag and asked for my other Sprite.


These two knew exactly what they wanted—the sweet stuff! Life is hard here, and it gave my heart joy to see her excitement in getting a treat, and to see that the guy after her had the same thought in mind. My hope is that they will reach for the sweet stuff that truly matters—God’s Word, sweeter than honey!! May we grab with gusto God’s sweet Word that satisfies!


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