A couple of months ago, I went to a bakery on the lobby floor of my accommodation, after I threw away wastes. I wanted to grab some bread and ice cream for mom. The bakery is a Korean company’s franchise store. They sell their own brand’s ice cream as well as Haagen-Dazs ice cream. Haagen-Dazs’ price is 5~10 times higher than Korean local brands’ ice cream. I didn’t buy Haagen-Dazs often, but Korean ice cream. Yet once in a while, I bought Haagen-Dazs, and my mom loved it. Actually Haagen-Dazs is my favorite ice cream. So, in the bakery, I debated for a few seconds as to what ice cream I would choose, and I thought I would buy two Haagen-Dazs for mom and myself. I don’t eat ice cream often, but on that day, I had a craving. Both mom and I enjoyed ice cream time.
Later at night when I worshiped the Father and prayed, He reminded me of something.
When I lived in Shanghai, buying Haagen-Dazs coffee ice cream was my joy. I used to enjoy that flavor in Korea, even before moving to Shanghai. As I didn’t enjoy Chinese local foods or snacks at all, having Haagen-Dazs coffee ice cream was something like having home foods and giving myself a good and soothing treat, after a long day. As Haagen-Dazs was expensive in Shanghai as well, in some convenience stores, it was stored in a locked freezer against theft. After moving to Singapore later, I still used to keep Haagen-Dazs coffee ice cream in my freezer. During my time both in Shanghai and Singapore, whenever I came back home to see mom, she used to buy Haagen-Dazs coffee ice cream for me. She always wanted to buy my favorite foods including Haagen-Dazs, no matter how expensive they were. But now, I tried to be prudent in buying ice cream for her, as she was still happy with Korean local brand ice cream, cheaper one. And the Father said to me, “Buy her Haagen-Dazs.” I burst into cry. He reminded me of mom’s extravagant love for me, and He wants me to be more generous and extravagant to her. I don’t mean being prudent is bad, but He made me hear His heartbeat again. I must be more generous and extravagant to her. And He gave me more than enough, to honor her. No matter how generous and extravagant to her, I still cannot outgive her. I kept sobbing. Since then, I bought her Haagan-Dazs. In addition, since this spring, she and I started to go to my favorite coffee store that sells her favorite soft ice cream. Both price-wise and quality-wise, it’s close to Haagan-Dazs, and she and I enjoy some precious moments together in my favorite cafe everyday. While she eats ice cream, I also enjoy espresso macchiato. Whenever I ask her, “Shall we go to the cafe for ice cream?” she becomes so excited like a child. And I’m grateful to the Father for precious moments with her daily as well as for teaching me.
I do not know whether your parents are around and what memory you have with them. It’s my prayer that you and I know our Father’s heart and honor our parents. Honoring them with generosity is an act of worship to the Father. We are to God the fragrance of Christ by our worship.
Happy Mother’s Day & Have a Bliss!
Listen to your father who begot you,