One of the benefits of working for a multinational financial institution is the opportunity to entertain clients. Entertainment usually includes a meal or two, often at nice restaurants. Recently this included one that has been awarded three Michelin stars.
I am not sure what I expected. I guess I always assumed that a restaurant that was recognized at these lofty heights would be pretentious, a bit stuffy, and overrated. From my experience of one I can testify that this is not always true! I experienced a warm family atmosphere that left one longing for the return visit. The service was ne familiar, kind, and considerate – yet consummately professional. The food was amazing, truly and wonderfully incredible. From our first bite through desert we found ourselves sighing in wonderful bliss, chatting to each other about how wonderful the experience was.
Before we were even through our first course items were being shared and discussed between the six of us. By the time the cheese course came, the various approaches and plates were a regular break to our discussion. Even things that were not appealing on the surface were openly shared in our dialogue. By our departure everyone was already looking forward to his or her next visit.
“A shiftless sluggard puts his fork in the pie, but is too lazy to lift it to his mouth.” (Proverbs 26.15)
I begin my day reflecting on how awesome God’s gifts are to you and me. Priceless treasures like hope, mercy, and love. When I accept and consume with knowledge the process of living is a wonderful journey. I find myself giving gifts to others that I did not realize I had. I am able to weather adversity because I understand the source and the fact the someday this will end.
I would have never known how good a restaurant could be if I had not tasted and seen what was offered. God’s gifts are like that. I first discovered this when I did it for myself, nobody can do it for you or me. Take, eat, all of it.