Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Thankful for Cheese

“Be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’” Hebrews 13:5

Who doesn’t love cheese? Creamy Provolone, wax-covered Gouda, sharp Cheddar, crumbly Feta—the list goes on and on. It’s hard to imagine strolling through the dairy section of a grocery store and NOT seeing rows and rows of cheeses in a variety of forms—shredded, sliced, chunks, sticks, cans, jars, and plastic wrapped wheels!

Yet empty shelves are what the people of Russia found day after day when the USSR was collapsing. Riddled with major economic disruptions, all cheese disappeared from the grocery shelves.

When I read about the shortage of cheese and many other food stuffs during that period in the USSR, James 4: 13-14 came to mind: “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business, and make a profit.’ You do not even know what will happen tomorrow! What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” … kind of like cheese in Russia.

Today and its’ gifts are fleeting. Jobs can be eliminated, health can fluctuate, investments can go awry, possessions can be stolen or destroyed—in a blink. The people of Russia never imagined going into a store and being unable to buy something as simple and basic as cheese.

During this season of Thanksgiving, may we be thankful for what we DO have—and, like Hebrews 5 instructs us, be content. Each day has blessings of its’ own—breath, beauty, kindness, service—so many priceless things. Let’s not waste time and thought regretting what we have lost or wishing for what we never had. Instead, let us be thankful for what is eternal—the love and presence of Jesus—whether we are in a season of earthly feast or famine.

Be encouraged!

©2019 Pamela D. Williams