A slug in my nachos
I stopped mid-chew and stared at my plate. There it was again . . . movement. Eyes on stalks, emerging from my spring onion without a care in the world, searching for a tasty morsel . . . a slug. It was Tuesday night and I was meeting the guys from cell group for a bite to eat and some spiritual sustenance. This was more than I had bargained for and I was feeling a little queasy.
“Excuse me,” I said, getting the waiter’s attention. “I ordered the vegetarian nachos.” I held a knife towards him, on which the slug was now comfortably sitting, his tail end still snugly ensconced in the spring onion pieces.
“I . . . umm . . . wow,” he said, leaning forward to have a look.
“At least we know it’s fresh,” I joked, “but I don’t really feel like finishing it.”
“Would you like something else?” the waiter asked, as he picked up the plate and took its offending contents away.
“Give me a minute.”
It can be awkward finding things where they don’t belong. And yet sometimes it’s just right, like finding money down the back of a couch or in the car, or running into friends overseas.
As we approach the holiday season, we remember the Christmas story: of finding God where He doesn’t belong: in a stable at the back of a cheap motel, lying in a feed trough.
And yet it was the perfect time and place. It shouldn’t have been unexpected. Did you know that there are more than 300 prophecies in the Old Testament that Jesus fulfilled in the New Testament.
According to the Christian Booksellers Association, the new best selling Bible is the Jesus-Centered Bible. It has risen to the top of the charts in North America, in part due to a unique blue-letter feature. Red-letter Bibles, where Jesus’ spoken words are highlighted in red in the New Testament, have been around for awhile. But these blue-letter Bibles have passages referring to Jesus in the Old Testament highlighted in blue. More than 600 passages are highlighted, showing just how much of the Old Testament points forward to Jesus.
The probability that one Man could fulfil all those prophecies is impossible. It’s a real confidence boost to know that the weight of evidence supports our faith.
It’s comforting to know that Jesus inhabits the unexpected places and circumstances of life.
The morning after my slug experience, I was filling up with petrol when I realised my wife had “borrowed” my credit card. Thankfully, because of the slug situation, I had some cash left, as I hadn’t had to pay for my meal the night before. But I was short. I went sheepishly and explained my situation. The attendant said, “No worries”, and pulled out his own wallet to make up the rest. I drove away counting my blessings.
God makes a habit of showing up in unexpected places. He has been and is working through history and our lives for the good of those who love Him. Christmas is a good time to look back and see how “God has been with you” this year.
Jarrod Stackelroth is associate editor of Adventist Record.