My wife and I have just come off a period of fasting and we're into raw foods for a longer period. Today I breakfasted on a puree of apples, pears, and celery, and it was DELICIOUS! So delightful.
Then, just now, I went through the kitchen and snagged a cherry-tomato off the counter. WOW! What awesomeness to actually get to chew something. Gratitude overwhelms.
Five minutes later, as I passed the kitchen from the other way, I snagged another tomato. (here's where it gets gut-level honest)
munch-munch-munch. scrunched-face. "Two weeks of Raw Foods? Why did I agree to this?"
The difference between the two tomatoes was zero. The difference in my level of gratitude and attitude was incredible; a 180 shift into grumbling. I am the Israelites coming out of Egypt, and they are me.
Lord, help me to be first-tomato grateful in every circumstance. Lord, help me resist second-tomato disdain.