Call me a pastor wasting his time, but I’ve been eyeing a seran-wrapped muffin in an oversized coffee cup. I haven’t come near it in an hour, not since I bought my cup of coffee and started working on my message for this weekend. It’s a blueberry muffin. It looks delicious. And, it’s pretty big. It’s obviously leftover from this morning because there’s an expiration date on it. It will go bad soon. (Eyes looking around) Someone better pick it up, buy it and eat it before it gets thrown out. Surely someone will want it, will buy it, will eat it…surely. I mean, how come it’s the only one in the oversized cup? How is it that a bunch of other muffins were bought and eaten and just this particular one is left? Is there something wrong with it? I don’t think so, but for some reason it’s still here. Interesting. Hey! Here comes a customer! “Take the muffin man!’, I’m screaming in my mind. Don’t make fun. I’m rooting for the poor muffin. Wait! A short, bald guy with an obvious hair piece picked it up. “Take the muffin man!”, I’m screaming again (mentally of course). Here comes the wallet…and he’s buying it now.
* Disclaimer: That was NOT a shot at people who wear hair pieces. I’m just stating the fact that the man who picked up the muffin was wearing one badly enough I noticed it. It was like he just threw it on like a redneck throws on his John Deer trucker hat. Now, moving along.
Why the long wait before the muffin was taken? Why was it left alone? It seemed to have been just wasting away unproductively in the oversized coffee cup before finally being used productively; in the way it was designed for in the first place.
Well, we may never know why the muffin in the oversized coffee cup was there for so long, left alone and spared from the garbage can at the last moment. But what we can know is that the muffin was meant to be eaten. Long before it was baked, the baker had its design in mind. He knew he was making a blueberry muffin. There was no confusion here. And he knew what the muffin was designed for, you know, its purpose; to be bought, eaten and enjoyed by someone. The baker had no idea if the muffin would actually be purchased, eaten and enjoyed, but the baker created the muffin to give someone the opportunity to be satisfied and sustained by its consumption.
You may have no idea why you feel alone right now. You may have no idea why you aren’t being used by God right now; at least not in the way you’d hoped. You may have no idea why you feel as though you’re close to expiring or giving up, you just know that you are. You definitely don’t know the future; no one does. But God, unlike the baker, not only had you in mind before He created you, but also knew you’d be used to satisfy, love and encourage others for His glory and for their benefit. He knew that you’d be purchased by Jesus Christ, Who paid for your sins so that you could have eternal life, beginning right now (1 Corinthians 6:20; 7:23). Be paitent because God has a plan for your life, whether you are young or old. He knows who you are and He knows where you are and how long you’ll be there. Trust Him. You can because you know that you were already purchased and because you have been bought, you can be sure He will use you to His satisfaction, perhaps our greatest honor here on Earth. Be encouraged, be patient in the oversized coffee cup and keep the faith. You won’t expire before use.
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”-Ephesians 2:10