What does a full tank of gas and yogurt that tastes like Boston Crèam Pie have in common?
They both put a spark in my honey’s eye!
David never, ever liked yogurt until Yoplait came out with wonderful flavors that don’t taste like yogurt at all. We’re now both hooked on flavors like Apple Turnover, Red Velvet Cake, Cinnamon Roll and Triple Berry Torte.
But when I come in from the grocery store with Boston Cream Pie Yogurt, his smile is extra big. He knows that I don’t eat that particular flavor, so I bought it just for him.
However, his smile is practically non-existent when he uses my car and finds the gas tank in desperate want. My idea of needing to fill up is when the little reminder light has been on for a few days. Definition of the word “few”: Being more than one but indefinitely small in number. (It’s the indefinitely part that we argue about).
In my defense, I point out that I don’t drive very far anymore, to which he replies, “You won’t be going anywhere with an empty tank of gas.” I hate it when he’s right. So I try to always have at least half a tank to cut down on the disapproving frowns.
These are little things, but I do them because I love David and he loves me. And he does little things for me, too. It’s all part of having a relationship with him.
‘Course, relationships are very complex. Taken by itself, being thoughtful is sort of a small thing.
But that’s what makes it so simple, and that’s what makes it so profound.
To meet a simple need in the midst of a multifaceted relationship is to touch the other in a very deep place. It is enormously gratifying to be dear enough to someone who will show the depth of their love by doing this just for you.
And if this is true of connections between human beings, how much greater is it when God Himself meets a simple need of ours?
I just love it when He does that…