One of the items we inherited was an old-fashioned gumball machine. It was full of old gumballs that were deteriorating. I cleaned it and filled it with large gumballs, but they didn’t come out of the machine quickly, and the two-year-old was obsessed with it and probably swallowed more than he should have. So I emptied it and filled it with Skittles; they came out easier, giving them a handful all at once. As a loving grandma, I wouldn’t have thought of making them pay for their candy, so beside the machine is a container full of old slot machine coins for them to use. When we had the family over, I hid it because I wanted the baby to eat his dinner first, and he’s not one you can tell no without him screaming, but he hadn’t forgotten about it, so after he ate, he begged for me to bring it out of hiding. As expected, he obsessed over it. The girls and I were sitting in the kitchen and looked up, and there was a line of men waiting their turn for the Skittle machine! It turns out that they love Skittles too!
This scene made me think of how God provides everything for us. My grandkids wouldn’t have thought of eating one of those crusty old gumballs before I cleaned the machine and filled it with new candy. Life without Jesus is like old candy; not worth eating. The big gumballs were like what Satan provides; they’re shiny and big, but you have to work to get to them, and you get sick if you eat too many. Jesus makes everything new and provides what we need to live our lives eternally, and all we have to do is love him and want him like the baby loves candy. I would also stand in line for that, like the men in our family.
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. John 10:28