Busy Restaurant

The other day I went to a restaurant to have a meal. The venue was seething as it was the peek dining time.

As soon as diners left a table it was quickly cleaned to make way for more clientele. The host at front of house was run off her feet. No sooner was she showing someone to their table that another customer would walk in the door.

My mother always said that a busy restaurant is a good sign, it means it must be a good establishment for so many people to be in attendance. But that can present some challenges. Will there be room for me? Will they have a table big enough for our party? How long will the waiting list be?

As I walked through the front door I could see a line already forming in front of the counter. People were walking away because there were no tables available. Some were willing to wait up to 40 minutes for a seat while others just couldn’t afford the time.

The people behind me started to discuss their options. Do they wait to see if a table becomes available? Or do they give up and try to find somewhere else to eat? I realise it’s a first world problem but it’s still a difficult decision to make in the moment.

I stood quietly in line. I didn’t have to worry about time. I didn’t have to concern myself whether they had room for me. For I had called ahead of time and made a booking. That’s right, I had my seat secured.

This reminded me of my confidence in dying too. I know, that when I pass from this world onto the next that I have secured my seat. I know that Jesus will open the doors of Heaven to me because I believe He is my Saviour.

Can you be that confident? Or do you need to stand in line wondering whether there will be room for you?

Lord, You make a way for all of us to come to You. We don’t have to wait in a line, we just needed to decide beforehand that You are the One we will follow. May we live our lives in such a way that everyone knows of the confidence we have in our eternal future. Amen.

How confident are you about your eternal future?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.