Hospitality, Part 3
-Char Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow
Some close friends of ours from California had taken their vacation to come visit us in Arkansas. One afternoon while they were out canoeing on a nearby river and exploring, I thought I would surprise them and my husband with a blueberry pie! My husband loves pies and blueberries were in season. The whole time I was making that pie I was imagining how happy they would be and how expressive they would be in their enjoyment of the pie! They would think what a great baker I was and my husband would tell me in front of them what a great pie it was!
Come serving time I cut my husband a piece and in handing it to him he said, “I‘m sorry but I’m just too full, I couldn’t.”
I was in shock! All my expectation burst and I felt very disappointed. In that moment the Lord spoke very clearly to my heart and said “You baked that pie for man, not me.” Trying to please people can bring a striving and discontentment to the heart. But, what peace when we do all things to Him.
One day, many years later, I was expecting guests and went ahead and baked cookies for their arrival. When they came and I offered them the cookies, their response was, “We couldn’t, we just came from the Wooden Spoon Restaurant. We are way too full!”
It was a test, but I think I passed, as they had been baked as unto the Lord.
Char Lessin was raised on a Minnesota farm and grew to love the Lord at a young age. She and Roy met while they attended Bethany Fellowship in Bloomington, MN and early in their marriage they served together as missionaries in Mexico and Puerto Rico. She continues to serve the Lord through their home in NW Arkansas, ministering to the people that the Lord brings to her.
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