Tuesday, February 7, 2012

All This, And So Much More~ Day 5 {Captivated}

I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). John 10:10b, The Amplified Bible

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Years ago, before transatlantic flight was common, a man wanted to travel to the United States from Europe. The man worked hard, saved every extra penny he could, and finally had just enough money to purchase a ticket aboard a cruise ship. The trip at that time required about two or three weeks to cross the ocean. He went out and bought a suitcase and filled it full of cheese and crackers. That's all he could afford.

Once on board, all the other passengers went to the large, ornate dining room to eat their gourmet meals. Meanwhile, the poor man would go over in the corner and eat his cheese and crackers. This went on day after day. He could smell the delicious food being served in the dining room. He heard the other passengers speak of it in glowing terms as they rubbed their bellies and complained about how full they were, and how they would have to go on a diet after this trip. The poor traveler wanted to join the other guests in the dining room, but he had no extra money. Sometimes he'd lie awake at night, dreaming of the sumptuous meals the other guests described.

The Head Table
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Toward the end of the trip, another man came up to him and said, "Sir, I can't help but notice that you are always over there eating those cheese and crackers at mealtimes. Why don't you come into the banquet hall and eat with us?"

The traveler's face flushed with embarrassment. "Well, to tell you the truth, I had only enough money to buy the ticket. I don't have any extra money to purchase fancy meals."

The other passenger raised his eyebrows in surprise. He shook his head and said, "Sir, don't you realize the meals are included in the price of the ticket? Your meals have already been paid for!" ~ Author Unknown

I first heard this story over fifteen years ago, but I have never forgotten it. A beautiful lady named Mary, who was dying from cancer, shared it with me. Then, she told how she too, had spent the majority of her own life barely skimming the surface of the ocean of riches found in Christ.

She had grown up knowing about God, but sadly, she had journeyed through most of her life not really knowing God. She had grown up going to church, but until her diagnosis, had never once opened the pages of God's word, the Bible.

"If only I had known," she said.

"What do you mean?" I asked innocently and oh, so ignorantly.

"All the promises!" she said. "I never knew about all the promises of God."

Then she proceeded to share with me ones that had become near and dear to her heart.

My God shall supply all your needs. Philippians 4:19

My grace is sufficient for thee, My strength is made perfect in weakness. 1 Corinthians 12:9

Come unto me all you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

"All my life I lived on cheese and crackers, when I could have been dining on and most of all, standing on, the promises of God. I settled for huddling in the corner with my fear and doubt, instead of joining my Father and partaking of His love, peace, joy, comfort, and strength. All this time, I could have been living the abundant life Christ died to give me. Praise God, I know now, but oh......oh, if only I would have known my entire life."

Heavenly Father, Through the death of your son and our belief in you, our ticket through this life, and all eternity has already been bought and paid for in full. Your Word declares all that we, as your sons and daughters are entitled to. Create in us a hunger and thirst for your Word, not that we might seek the riches of your hand, but that we might come to know your heart, to truly know you. For it is in knowing YOU that we discover the abundant life you give. In Jesus' name, Amen~

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  1. Stacy... simply beautiful and profoundly simple in its truth if we could always grasp its meaning and live in this abundant life already offered us!
    blessings dear one!

  2. Hi Stacy - what a lovely post. It is so true that we totally underestimate the bigness of God and all He has for us.
    God bless

  3. What a BEAUTIFUL post!!

  4. Beautiful, beautiful. Your words always seem to bring me closer to the heart of our Father...


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