Why is everyone hungry for more? “More, more,” they say. ”More, more.” I have God’s more-than-enough, more joy in one ordinary day than they get in all their shopping sprees. Psalm 4:6-7 (MSG)
That gnawing, I-need-something-to-eat-right-now feeling forces us to seek the nourishment we need to stay healthy. And for 20-something girls with an appetite, that nourishment is often found (with coupons) at the local sub shop…
Last week my daughter Sarah headed out to feed her hunger and brought home more than a sandwich to eat…she brought me another “Faith Lesson My Daughter Taught Me.”
Wrapped in paper and emblazoned with the title “An Epic Story Sandwich,” it goes like this:
We were standing in line to order in front of the glass case with all the ingredients neatly organized in their metal containers. My friend Kassi and I were joking around and I mentioned how funny it would be if you ordered your sandwich in story form. Kassi dared me to do it. So I turned to the guy behind the counter and asked him if I could
order my sandwich in a story.
His stoic, greet-the-customer smile transformed into a playful grin. He set up the bread and then positioned himself to act out the story. Josh the sandwich guy was ready to play along.
“I would like my lettuce nestled in the crevasses of the bread” (with proper emotion and care, he gently tucked it in). “I would like my cucumbers sprinkled” (he Frisbee-tossed them accurately across the top of the lettuce).
By this time I was laughing so hard it was hard to keep talking. Josh was so funny and faithfully acted out each of the story lines I gave him. After the story was over he wrote on the wrapper: “An Epic Story Sandwich.”
We gave him a seven dollar tip…
Seven dollars from a starving college student is a LOT of money (so much for the coupons!).
I laughed, and kept laughing as Sarah told me the story. When she finished, once again, like I have told her so many times before, I said “I want to be like YOU when I grow up!”
Why? Because she is hungry for so much more out of life than a sandwich.
She is hungry for JOY.
But am I?
As I’ve aged, and taken on the seriousness of responsibilities in life, my hunger for joy has too often been ignored or denied. Even worse, I can see how I have devalued it, stuck a 10 cent label on it, and tossed “joy” into a pile on a garage sale table. Discarded as an un-needed item…
An Epic Story Sandwich makes me hungry again.
Sarah’s faith lesson reminds me that joy is not meant to be just a fleeting feeling, it’s meant to be a way of living.
Here’s the faith lesson I learned from Sarah and her sandwich:
As recipients of the fullness of life and the fullness of joy our Lord Jesus died to give us, He gave us the ability to be joyful in all circumstances. Even ordering a sandwich!
Keeping that joy hidden or caged keeps the light of Jesus under a basket. How can we, or those around us, see the joy of life without the light of that joy being shared to illuminate life’s beautiful colors?
Josh the sandwich guy got a glimpse of that joy and probably shared the story with many others. It was an unexpected, out-of-the-ordinary, playful, and unscripted story.
It was An Epic Story Sandwich filled with the nourishment of joy for us all to share.
May Sarah’s sandwich awaken our appetites for joy, and may we boldly color outside the lines of the “expected” as we live in epic joy before the world!
How will you order your next sandwich? :-)
Sending joy your way today,
(aka the girl in red shoes!)
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