“Is there anything you need from the store?” John asked, as he put on his coat.
“Umm…yes…I need powdered sugar to frost these.” I said, eyeing the three dozen baked gingerbread cookies sitting on the counter. “A one-pound package will be more than enough.”
He came back with eight pounds of powdered sugar.
This is typical of my husband. We’ve been through this before:
“I’ll never use a pound of sage before it goes bad.”
“Five dozen eggs for the two of us, REALLY?!”
“What am I going to do with three pounds of butter?” (Make more cookies, of course.)
His “more is better” motto used to annoy me.
But then I started thinking, “Okay, maybe he’s not being practical, but he IS being lavish.” I’ve never heard him say, “Let me see your grocery receipt- you spent too much (even when I did).” And never, ever once has he said in forty-three years, “We can’t afford to pay tithe this month.” Even when there was no steady income, he’s given generously to the Lord and others, and I’ve been a happy recipient all these years, so why make a big deal over the pallet of toilet paper rolls?” It’s not like THAT will go unused.
Anyway, as I was looking for a place to put the seven pounds of extra powdered sugar, I started thinking about this lavish spending. Isn’t that what God has done for us? James 1 says God gives wisdom lavishly to those who ask for it- not eking it out according to I.Q. or our most recent performance. He gives generously, without finding fault.
And what about mercy? Jesus never says, “But I just gave you some yesterday.” No, “His mercies are new every morning” – fresh brewed, fragrant and ready upon our awakening.
In addition, the more we give out what He’s given, the more lavishly He gives as we’re told in Luke 6:38:
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”
We are recipients of one lavish gift after another- just a quick study of creation tells us He didn’t scrimp on what He made, but made lavishly, colorfully, beautifully and tenderly.
Was there ANYTHING practical, anything BUT LAVISH about God coming in newborn-size to a barn, flanked by a bunch of filthy animals- and a few four-footed creatures as well.
The powdered sugar will eventually run out, but until then, it will be a reminder of God’s impractical and lavish love every time I see it next to the case of root beer stashed under my couch.
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!
1 John 3:1