Sunday, September 9, 2012

A Monument from a Cinnamon Roll

Sometimes, the goodness of God can be found and seen in a Cinnabon cinnamon roll.


Now at this point you're probably thinking, "Well, duh!  How can Jesus not be in something so fantastically scrumptious as a Cinnabon cinnamon roll!?"

Here's how:

I got an email from Cinnabon the other day saying that if you joined their email club you would get a coupon for a free Minibon.  I love Cinnabon, and I love free!  So, I signed myself and my husband up, and printed out our two coupons. 

We had to run errands last weekend and while we were out we enjoyed a cheap dinner at Chic-fil-a thanks to some other coupons I had.  We usually get refills on our drinks and thought that since there is a Chick-fil-a at the mall, and we were headed there, that technically we could just take our cup and get a refill at the Chick-fil-a there, to go with our free Cinnabon.  After thinking about it though, we decided that, even though it wasn't costing Chick-fil-a much for our refill, that it still was cheating the system and we wouldn't do it.  We threw out our cup and drove to the mall to finish our errands.

Finally, we stopped by Cinnabon to get our free little goodies and buy a drink.  We placed our order and the girl told us they were out of Minibons, but that she would give us 2 regular sized Cinnabon rolls instead.  Score!! We bought a container of milk to share and sat down to feast on our sweet, gooey, free blessing from God.  My oh my, was that blessing good!

I know it's a small thing, but it just struck me as a testament to God's goodness, and to his faithfulness to us when we honor Him.  Do you see how great a thing this is?  If we honor God, we will be blessed.  Sometimes with tangible things, sometimes with increased closeness to and understanding of Him, and sometimes with both.  Sometimes I forget to "seek firs the Kingdom", and look out for myself, instead of seeking to honor God and trust Him. 

I have a picture of a cinnamon roll on my bulletin board at work now, and below it the words, "Here I raise my Ebenezer."  In the Old Testament, (1 Samuel 7:12), Samuel built an altar to the Lord and called it Ebenezer, saying "Thus far the Lord has helped us."   The word "Ebenezer" literally means "stone of the help". 

The picture of that Cinnabon cinnamon roll is my way of erecting a monument to God; reminding myself of His help and his goodness that comes when I obey Him.  What a sweet (and cinnamony) reminder!

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