Once I heard a speaker tell the following story: A certain woman had long wanted to take a cruise and had saved her money to that end. Finally the day came when she was able to purchase a ticker for the much desired- voyage.
As she carefully planned for the trip, she said to herself, ”Of course it would be wonderful to eat in the dining room of the boat. I won’t have money enough to eat all meals there, but I can take some cheese and cracker along for the first part of the trip, and then I can go to the dining room for the last meal. I’ll have money enough for one meal on the boat.”
In high spirits the good woman set out for the thrilling experience of her first water trip. At mealtime, after wistfully watching the other passengers file into the dining room, she would go off into some corner and eat her cheese and crackers, trying all the while not to be envious.
Then the last day arrived, and time for the final meal aboard ship. She went in with the other passengers “to eat in style,” as she put it.
It was one of life’s big moments for her, and she lingered long to enjoy it. When she has at last finished the meal, she sat patiently waiting for her check, but when none was presented to her, she beckoned the waiter and asked for it.
“Let me see your ticket, madam” said the waiter, and when she handed it to him, he gave it back with, “Madam, all your meals were included in the price of the ticket.”
Of that woman, without hesitation, we say: Why didn’t she look at her ticker? Or why didn’t some other passenger tell her she could eat on the boat?” But of ourselves what do we say?
Are we not all passengers on God’s big universal ocean liner? In our ignorance of what our ticket includes, do we, like the woman in the story, eat “cheese and crackers”?
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