Daily Devotional November 16, 2021

Sunday morning, I got up, reviewed the sermon while I ate an early breakfast, drove to the church, had the first worship service, taught Sunday school, had the second worship service, taught confirmation, and visited one of our members in the hospital.  I got home to eat lunch a little after 3:30 in the afternoon.  I was very hungry.

Shannon, being an excellent chef, had lunch on the kitchen table.

As we sat down to eat, I noticed she had made a large salad, filled with all sorts of colorful vegetables, topped with avocado slices, and homemade salad dressing.  We said the blessing and began to eat.

The salad was excellent but I noticed it had a crunchiness I hadn’t expected. 

Then Shannon said, “How do you like your salad?”  I said, “It’s excellent.”  She grinned and said, “It has sliced Brussels sprouts in it.”  At that moment, my world came crashing down.

How could the woman I love, the one I had pledged to honor and cherish, do such a despicable thing?  There were no words to express my sense of betrayal and hurt.

So, I ate the rest of my salad and came to the conclusion, as disgusting and surprising as it is, I like Brussels sprouts.  I am so ashamed.

The point to this meandering devotional is even the person we cherish most will let us down at some point.  Now this doesn’t mean it will be as bad as tricking you into eating Brussels sprouts, but none-the-less, your perfect someone is not perfect.  There is only One who is.

God will never, ever betray you or let you down.  God is the only One you can trust without any reservation. 

This is why the wisest of all people said, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”  (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Now that I’ve had a few minutes to process Shannon’s deceptive, hurtful actions, I have to admit, overall, we have a very good marriage.  This one, huge betrayal, is not a threat to our marriage.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, in those times of doubt and uncertainty, remind me of your never-ending love and presence.  Help me to trust you.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

I hope no one intentionally feeds you Brussels sprouts, but if they do, remember, only God is worthy of unwavering trust. 

One more thing.  In the future, I am going to take a much closer look at what I put in my mouth.  That’s probably a good motto for life.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins