It’s the most wonderful time of the year, sang the melody of the Starbucks radio as she stepped inside and out of the cold. The bells on the door jingled as it closed. She shook the snow off her red wool coat, wiped the snowflakes from her eyes, and shifted parcels in her hands.
Ahhh. Something warm. Now, what do I want…
The menu board had always seemed a little daunting to Mercy. When she overheard all the mixes of people’s orders in the line-up it became even more overwhelming.
Can I have venti-triple shot-soy-sugarfree vanilla-latte-no foam.
She nearly said, “I’ll have what they’re having!” just for simplicity sake.
“Hi Miss, what can I get started for you?”
Mercy squinted and scanned. Not sure what she felt like at that moment. She stepped aside and let the gentleman behind her go ahead.
Hmmm, he’s cute. Maybe I’ll have what he’s having!
Bringing herself back to reality, she started to panic. The barista in the green apron came back to her.
“Have you decided?”
Again, she stepped aside. After a few more minutes the patient, yet slightly annoyed barista, returned.
“Miss, do you know what you want? We have many great options, but I can’t get you anything until you decide what you want.” He smiled.
She straightened her back a bit at his friendly assertiveness and realized just then what she really wanted. Simply, a cup of their passion tea.
“Can I get a grande passion tea, to stay. Ooo, with some honey on the side.” Mercy smiled.
“Yes Miss, coming right up.”
Do you ever find it overwhelming to decide what you want on a menu board, in a clothing store; or maybe what colors to pick when you’re doing home renovations? I do. My decisions can be affected by what is cheaper and I will order something less than what I really wanted. With clothes and home décor, I’m pretty solid with what I like, but the price often affects the decision and I end up going with cheaper, rather than saving and waiting for what I really like.
Until we clarify what we really want, how will we know when we get it?
I have been reading in John and have realized that Jesus quite often asked people that came to Him, “What do you want?” (John 1:38, John 5:6, Mark 10:51 and more…) Usually whatever they asked Jesus for (‘I want to see…’ for example), they got it.
Kind of makes me think that God likes detail and specificity, don’t you?
I feel like God has been asking me that question lately…What do you want, Lani? I am jotting new things in my idea book. I’m realizing some things I used to want, are no longer. I am preparing now for what God is taking me into next.
I’m on book three of the Narnia series: “The Horse and His Boy”. Let me take you to one part that resonated with me last night when Shasta, the boy, finally meets Aslan…
“Then it was you who wounded Aravis?”“It was I.”
“But what for?”
“Child,” said the Voice, “I am telling you your story, not hers. I tell no one any story but his own.”
God tells us our story, no one else’s. To me, that = incredible! It is His delight to give us our heart’s desire, but how can He, unless we know what it is?
The menu of life has many options, but … what do YOU want?