by Bob Wickizer

Easter 6 - Rogation Sunday
Bob Wickizer
Acts 10:44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17
21 May 2006

Asking God

Whatever you ask of God in my name, God will give you. (Jn 15:16)

Restaurants are fascinating places. A friend of mine in California had grown up in Paris and trained as a chef in some of the best restaurants in France. He moved from there to Hollywood and his first business catered opening night parties for all the major movies. After a dozen years in a high pressure environment he grew tired of the rat race, moved to San Jose and opened a small Bistro away from all the hustle of Silicon Valley. His kitchen was tiny with only room for himself and a dishwasher. His restaurant had room for about fifteen tables. They were always full.

My friend joined the men’s group at church and he decided the gift he could give the church was his cooking. He became the chef for all the men’s group functions. You have never seen a men’s group grow so fast or become so active. The food was incredible whether it was breakfast, lunch for a work party or dinner.

Some restaurants actually make it inconvenient or uncomfortable for their customers yet they still remain packed every night. Joe’s Stone Crabs in Miami Beach Florida is one of those. Now I know I am talking to a bunch of Marylanders who love their Chesapeake Bay blue crabs, but in Dade County Florida, the name of the game is stone crabs and Joe’s is the quintessential place to go. Joe’s does not take reservations. During season the wait for dinner often runs two hours or more. People stand there in line nonetheless. Once you are seated the waiters are intentionally rude and even insulting. It’s part of the ambiance. In spite of the long wait and the rude waiters people have been flocking to this restaurant for fifty years.

Other restaurants whether fancy or plain seem to struggle to stay in business. Some have great food but are in poor locations. Others are in great loc ...

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