Making It Last

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There are a few things that you can count on when flying certain airlines. For instance, flying Alaska means that you’ll get a card featuring Old Testament scripture with your meal, flying United means that you probably won’t be flying direct, and flying Southwest means that someone is going to try to make the in-flight announcements “entertaining”.

My favorite thing about flying Delta?

A little caramel biscuit called “Biscoff”.

During the inflight service you get one packet containing two biscuits, or as I call it, a little trip to paradise.  The Biscoff is so delicious that they don’t just give them out indiscriminately,  you’ve got to make those babies last an entire flight.

What I’ve learned is that if you bring some mini-Snickers you can usually bribe the kids sitting around you into a trade.

Recently I wandered into my friend Matt’s office and discovered that he had AN ENTIRE BOX of Biscoff biscuits.

My first thought was to take the biscuits and run.

My second thought was to grab him, twist his arm behind his back, and demand to know the name of the mole he had slipped into the Delta corporation.

Since Matt does cross fit, and I’m not Jack Bauer, I calmly asked:

“Where did you find these?”

I was stunned when Matt told me that they were available in the cookie and cracker aisle in most national grocery chains.

Could it be possible that I’ve lived my whole life believing that something I could find 5 minutes from my house was incredibly rare and only available to people who’ve plunked down money for a plane ticket?

Not just possible, but incredibly true.

The Biscoff website even has this product location device in order to help you find exactly where there biscuits are.

Upon further reflection, I learned that I don’t just do this with biscuits.

I do this in my relationship with God.

God is available to me whenever I want to interact with him.  I just usually find myself giving him 25 minutes in the morning and then 5 more right before I fall asleep.

I feel like I’m doing something special on those days when I really savor those 30 minutes.

The truth is that God is available to me in those moments when I’m truly enjoying myself, enjoying him, and also when I’m being tempted to lie or take the easy way out of a situation.

It isn’t really an issue of availability or accessibility, it’s a question of initiative; do I want to interact with God right now or not?

God is ready to meet with me, and in interacting with him I find more than just satisfaction, I find life and power and reason for living.

See, I want  to provide those things for myself, and then use God like a giant box of biscuits to make me feel better when I get bored or “hit turbulence.”

In my wildest dreams I’m sitting on an airplane and there’s a flight attendant who hands me a package of Biscoff whenever I want.

That dream is too small.

I could be dreaming that I’m wandering through the world and the taste of Biscoff is always in my mouth… and I never “get full” or grow tired of it.

With a God who is transcendent (beyond human boundaries) this dream isn’t just a fantasy that could make my life more satisfying, it’s a possibility that will come to fruition if I would simply desire to engage with him as my God, not just a coping mechanism.

He’s given us the capacity and the tools to engage with him.

He’s made himself clear.

He’s not holding back.

I just need to remember that the issue has very little to do with scarcity and time constraints on God’s end.

“Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.”   Psalm – 139:7-10

2 Responses to “Making It Last”

  1. Alisha October 13, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    I was just on Delta yesterday and starving when all of a sudden I was offered these for a snack. I got two…

    • Jon October 17, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

      Sooo money! I hope they offered you two.

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