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Topic: Sweet to the Taste (08/23/12)
TITLE: A Sweet Solution
By Tendi Rice
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Just as we set off, I crossed my fingers, secretly hoping we would not stop again before I had to hop off, but before I could even finish making my Prayer, we pulled off the road at the next bus stop. As more passengers hopped onto the bus, I tapped my foot, still glancing at my watch every two seconds, hoping we would not be stopped for much longer.
When we finally got to my stop, I grabbed my backpack and my mini suitcase then ran as fast as my legs could carry me towards the train station. As I approached the entrance, I nearly smashed into the automatic doors, which had not yet opened. A lady pushing a buggy was blocking the corridor and I squeezed passed her, forgetting to excuse myself as I hurried past. I was now panting for breath, half jogging and partly walking as I neared the train door. Just then I saw the conductor signaling the driver to close the doors and depart and I used what little strength I still had in me to move faster so I would make it. Just as I was about to take the leap that would get my front foot into the train, the train doors closed shut right in my face. I tried to force them apart, but then the train started to move, assuring me I had missed this train.
I glanced at my watch for the first time in the past ten minutes to confirm what I already knew. This was the last train I could catch if I was going to make it for my flight. I watched the tracks, horrified that I had missed my plane. I decided to head back home, figuring that there was no point in me getting to the airport since that was the last fight to Pensacola today. Disappointed and hurt, I felt tears trickling down my face. I started walking the nine miles to my house, too distraught to take the bus.
I only realized it was after dark as I was approached my front door and only then did I remember to call my sister Stella to advice her not to wait for me by the airport. I took my mobile out of my pocket and checked the time to make sure she was not already awaiting my arrival at the terminal. She probably had not left home so I decided to call the house phone so I would speak to everyone and tell them I would not make it for thanksgiving dinner this year. I shuddered at the thought of how they would react when they heard. It went unsaid, but with my grandmother’s ill-health, it was probably her last and it would have meant the world to her to have us all at her farmhouse tonight. I had told them it would be difficult for me to catch my flight since I had to be by my wife’s hospital bedside after her surgery before leaving. The procedure had run late and now here I was, with almost nothing to be thankful for.
I was dialing the number as I walked through the front door and suddenly I heard everybody yelling, “Happy thanksgiving!” Surprised to see my entire family gathered around my dinner table, including my granny, I could not help but let out a huge sigh, even as the tears continued to stream down my face. “We knew you would not make it,” Stella answered my question before I could ask, “So we thought we would give you a pretty sweet solution, we brought thanksgiving to you.”
The people of Israel called the bread manna. It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey [Exodus 16:31] Even in the dessert, amidst an impossible situation, God provided a sweet solution for His children.
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