THE EXTRA PICKLE

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

The kid’s club at our church begins with a snack time before the lesson, and regardless of the day’s selection, a pickle is always an accompaniment that kids seem to love.
One afternoon a little boy came up to the kitchen counter declaring that one of the boys at his table received an extra pickle and, therefore, in the name of fairness he should receive another also.
The kitchen worker assured the boy that each child only received one pickle and she went to inquire about this gross act of negligence.
The double pickle boy confirmed that he did, indeed, receive an extra pickle because of a dietary restriction and that, instead of getting a cookie, he was allowed an extra pickle.
The boy with the concerns decided that he was more thankful for a cookie than an extra pickle and his whole countenance changed.
Life was fair again.
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Deeply amused by this child and his “felt” concerns I couldn’t help but see the parallel he presented to our constant probe into fairness and our need to realize an apparent injustice.
I think the little boy echoes a reality that all of us are guilty of expressing:
“Why did he get the extra pickle, God?”
In the name of fairness … I think God might pose a few questions of His own.
A few considerations:
1) You have a God who looked at your messy life and made a decision to clean it up through His Son Jesus.
Why did you get the extra pickle?

2) You have a Spirit who indwells you, seals you, and reveals to you the secrets of God’s precious word.
Why did you get the extra pickle?

3) You were given the promise of eternity with Jesus and an incorruptible inheritance awaiting you.
Why did you get the extra pickle?
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God’s mercy, grace, and love toward you should cause you to ask the Lord continually,
“Why did You give me the extra pickle?”
Life just isn’t fair is it?
May you reflect, this moment, upon each undeserved grace you’ve been given and may your constant probe into “fairness” be exchanged with praise for all you’ve been given.
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“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.”
Ephesians 1:3