Two in a row OK, but three is suspicious


Rev. James L. Snyder - Contributing Columnist



So that you know, I am not suspicious (knock on wood). I take a rather practical approach to life and try my best not to get bent out of shape.

Tuesday I was engaged in a “project,” when the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage came and brought me an apple fritter. “I thought,” she said rather cheerfully, “that you could use an apple fritter.”

I smiled most graciously, thanked her and enjoyed the apple fritter like I enjoy every apple fritter I eat. It was the highlight of my afternoon, I can tell you that.

Then Wednesday came around and in the middle of a project in the afternoon, my wife came in and said, “Here, I thought you might enjoy an apple fritter for today.”

Without thinking, I took it, smiled and thanked her most graciously for this afternoon treat. Nothing bolsters my day more than a warm apple fritter. Nothing goes better with a cup of coffee than an apple fritter. I am quite convinced that in heaven we will enjoy apple fritters.

I did not think much of it, because you should just enjoy your day and whatever blessings come, like an apple fritter, just enjoy it to the best of your ability.

Then on Thursday, the inconceivable happened.

“Here,” my wife said most cheerfully, “I thought you would enjoy an apple fritter for the afternoon.”

I did not know what to do or say. I put on a greasy smile, accepted the apple fritter, nodded my head and said, “Thank you.”

For her to bring me three apple fritters in a row, knowing that she does not like apple fritters, caused me to rethink the whole situation. Why, for example, was she doing this? What was she expecting from me in return? How much trouble am I really in now?

All of these questions jammed my brain so that I could think of nothing more.

Has she come over to my side concerning these apple fritters? Or, was she setting me up for something?

As I slowly munched on the third apple fritter, my mind went a million miles an hour. My mind was going so fast I almost could not enjoy the apple fritter. Never fear, I took the time to enjoy the apple fritter, then I resumed my suspicious thinking.

The first thing I thought about Friday morning when I got up was the suspicious apple fritters. Was she going to bring me another apple fritter today? Would I find out today the scheme behind this apple fritter scenario?

Friday afternoon as I was involved in some work my wife passed by and said, “How’s everything going? You getting some work done?” I nodded and she continued walking without presenting me with an apple fritter.

To this day, she has never mentioned the apple fritter scenario. I, loving life in all its amenities, have never questioned her about it. What she meant by it and what was happening, I probably will never know.

Thinking about this I was reminded of what David once said, “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24).

I do not know the story behind the apple fritters, but I certainly rejoice in those apple fritters.

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Rev. James L. Snyder

Contributing Columnist

Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, 1471 Pine Road, Ocala, FL 34472. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-866-552-2543, 352-687-4240 or e-mail jamessnyder2@att.net. His website is www.jamessnyderministries.com. The church website is www.whatafellowship.com.

Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, 1471 Pine Road, Ocala, FL 34472. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-866-552-2543, 352-687-4240 or e-mail jamessnyder2@att.net. His website is www.jamessnyderministries.com. The church website is www.whatafellowship.com.