At this time last week our family was is Detroit, Michigan preparing to celebrate the marriage of our brother Will. On the way to Detroit we stopped at Wendy’s in Chesterton, Indiana to grab a bite to eat. My wife wore a denim jacket into the restaurant because it was a bit cool. While eating she took the jacket off and placed it on the back of her chair. We ate our meal and returned to our travels.
When we had travelled approximately 15-20 miles my wife says “oh no!” I immediately knew something was wrong. I asked her what was wrong. She exclaimed “I left my jacket on the back of the chair at the restaurant.” I told her we had gone too far to turn around to get it but we could stop on the way back on Sunday to see if was still there.
The rest of the weekend was wonderful. We spent time with family we don’t often get to see. We rekindled relationships with relatives. We even met new family members. It was a wonderful weekend capped off by the beautiful wedding of Will and Katrina. After worship on Sunday we loaded into the car to make our return trip to Milwaukee.
As we travelled I reminded Marla that we would stop at the Wendy’s to see if her jacket was still there. As we neared Chesterton we were all a little anxious to see if the denim jacket was still there. We took our exit and pulled into the parking lot of the restaurant. We all went in (some taking advantage of the stop for a needed restroom break). Marla went to the counter while Lydia (our daughter) and I made our pit stops. When we returned from the restrooms my wife greeted us with her denim jacket draped over her arm. She had safely retrieved her jacket with no damage (only the strong smell of fried food!).
Why did I share this story? Many times in life we lose things that we need. Not natural things per se but spiritual things. Things like joy, hope, and peace. This return trip to Chesterton to retrieve Marla’s jacket taught me a spiritual lesson. When we lose our joy, hope, peace or any other fruit of the spirit we simply need to return to where we left it and get it back.
Joy, hope, peace, love, and all other fruit of the spirit are in the presence of God. If you have lost any of them today, go back to God’s presence and get them.
In Psalm 16:11 we find these words recorded “You will make known to me the path of life. In your presence is fullness of joy; In your right hand there are pleasures forever.
Go back and get it in His presence today!
The People Builder