Do You Have Enough Containers?

bingby Sandy Kirby Quandt

Hello. My name is Sandy and I have a problem. I hold onto plastic containers and precariously pile them into the cabinet in case I need them later.

This may be a trait I inherited from my mother. I don’t know. I just know whenever Sissy bingand I visited Mom’s house, Sissy went through Mom’s plastic containers like a wild woman. She made sure each bowl had a matching lid and threw out whatever she believed to be unnecessary.

Yes. I know. My cabinets could use Sissy’s intervention, but I wonder … is it possible in all my messy saving of plastic containers, it might be biblical?

Hmmm …

Several scriptures come to mind when I think this may be true. Instances where it was a good thing to have extra containers.

Abraham was told he would have descendants too numerous to count. More than the grains of sand on the shore. No amount of containers would be able to hold them.

bingDo you remember the widow in 2 Kings 4?

Creditors were coming to take her two sons as slaves. She went to the prophet Elisha and he told her to go around to all her neighbors, asking for empty jars. Then he told her to fill them with oil.

When she reached her last jar, she asked her sons for another, but there were no more. That’s when the oil stopped flowing. The jars of oil were sold to pay their debts and save the sons.

Sounds to me like it’d be good to have extra containers in our cabinets.

God’s mercies are new every morning. There aren’t enough containers to hold them and there isn’t enough ink or paper to record them.

We are told God’s blessings will be poured out on us and we will receive a full measure,  pressed down and overflowing.

And finally, Paul tells us we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives.

Sissy may be disciplined enough to limit the number of plastic containers she stores, but bingnot me. You never know when you might need more. And I’m thinking, it really could be biblical. 🙂

While I can’t say for certain whether having extra containers is a good thing, one thing I can say for certain is we’ll never have enough containers to hold all the many rich blessings God bestows on us each and every day.

Do you have more plastic containers in your cabinets than you really need, or do you hold onto a couple more … just in case?

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There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit! Romans 5:3-5 (MSG)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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No Fear of Running Out of Tickets

By Sandy Kirby Quandt

In the late 1960s, my parents and I visited my dad’s brother and sister-in-law. During that trip, Uncle Aylen and Aunt Leila took us to Disneyland. What a treat!!!

Unlike today, at that time you purchased individual coupon books for the rides. Inside each book were coupons listed “A” to “E”. “A” tickets got you a ride on the Main Street bus. With a “B” ticket you were able to walk through Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Not all that exciting. “C” got you a spin on the Madhatter’s Tea Cups. The Jungle Cruise cost you a “D” ticket. With an “E” ticket, you were allowed onto the Matterhorn bobsled and the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad. A must for us, since Uncle Aylen was a conductor for Santa Fe.

The “A” tickets were the smallest, and least exciting. The tickets worked their way up from there to the most advanced and most popular “E” rides.

Those coupons were great! They helped me learn to prioritize because once I’d spent that ticket, it was gone. The major drawback with the coupon book was the fact there were more “A” tickets in each book than there were “E” ride tickets. Imagine that. I don’t remember leaving Disney without experiencing all the rides I desired, but I sure did wish some of my leftover “A” tickets could have been spent on  “E” rides.

Thinking about those tickets got me to consider God and how very grateful I am he doesn’t dole out his mercies the way Disney doled out tickets to “E” rides.

What if all we got in life was a bunch of boring, small sized “A” ride blessings? You can only ride up and down Main Street so many times you know, before you begin to wish for something more.

Maybe there would be a few “C” rides thrown in to appease us where we controlled the table of the tea cup and made it spin like crazy, until we were so dizzy we couldn’t walk straight when we exited.

But a chance to sit up front on the Matterhorn bobsled as it pops out of the mountain, eases over the edge, and plunges through the water at the bottom like I did with my uncle and father? Priceless.

God’s mercies are new every morning. We won’t ever have to worry about using them all up. Those mercies may not all be “E” rides, but then even the Matterhorn bobsled would grow tiresome if that’s all you ever rode. Don’t you think?

But for those of us who acknowledge Jesus as Lord of our lives, we’ll be able to walk the streets of heaven with him. Talk about an out-of-this-world “E” ride!

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The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:22-23 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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