God Eat's Popcorn
By Kim Wasmundt
One day when my kids in I were searching for a verse in the Bible, I stated that I thought it was in Ephesians but paging through my Bible, I was quickly frustrated with not finding that book in the New Testament.
Then my daughter said, "God eats popcorn". I responded with a "What? What does that have to do with anything?". My daughter then explained to me that in youth group, they were given that phrase to help them remember the order of these three books in the Bible: Galatians, Ephesians, and Philippians.
It's such a unique phrase that it is one that I haven't forgotten and continue to use to this day to remind me when searching for verses in those books.
But what caught me by surprise were all my thoughts and questions that surrounded the quick little phrase.
When we get to Heaven will we see God with a bowl of buttery, salty popcorn?
I can see myself sitting next to God in Heaven as He clicks a majestic play button on His remote of life (which, by the way, He never loses).
Will we start watching the movie reel of my entire life while He answers all those questions in my prayers about why certain events happened.
Then, He shows me how his Glory was revealed through those answers and that He really was faithful through the good and bad times.
None of this probably happens in Heaven, but that’s what came into my faith-filled imagination as a daughter of the Most High when I heard the phrase “God eats popcorn," but make no doubt about it, my friends, movie or no movie:
God is faithful.
In Lamentations, we are given a clear picture of God's character and can be reminded with every sunrise.
Sometimes, it can seem as if God is so far away in the moment of a struggle, but it simply isn't true. He's consistent and faithful.
The Lord is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow and that is a truth that comforts me. (Malachi 3:6)
When I take the time to look back at my life, I can see his faithfulness. The script he is writing through my life is how much he loves me and his goodness for me.
For example, when I was a little girl and suffered abuse from a family member, God’s faithfulness showed up in my Mother, who noticed something wasn't right.
Or, on the day I chose to run away as a teen because my parents didn't understand me, God's faithfulness came in the form of a snowstorm that ultimately sent me back home, physically and spiritually.
He showed up in my marriage when I was ready to give up, but he softened my heart and gave me the ministry of reconciliation.
And He continues to show up in different ways in all aspects of my life: marriage, children, friendships, finances, eating, movement, and just simple conversations with people. Because he is with me in all and through all, we serve a faithful God.
I urge you to take some time with God today and ask him to show you the scenes of your life and how he was faithful, how he strengthened you, and how he protected you. Even if you don’t see it right now, the Lord is, was, and will be faithful to you, his beloved.
I am so grateful that you are faithful. There have been times when a mustard seed of faith seems too big for me to find, but you Lord, you never stop pursuing me, being kind to me, loving me, and working all things for good. I ask today that you help me see your faithfulness in my past and that I can rely on the promise of your faithfulness for the future. I want to continue to learn who you are through the Holy Spirit and honestly believe in my mind and with all of my heart that he who promised is faithful. Amen.
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