Our family recently attended a surprise 40th birthday for a dear family friend.
There were about 60 of us in total, 40 adults and the rest were children. After the collective “surprise” and dinner, most of the kids went outside to play on an ultra-cool playground that was about 100 yards from the dining hall where the event occurred.
All of us adults remained inside and watched as Rob quickly opened his few gag gifts and cards, while a few of the accomplice moms prepared the sheet cake for serving.
Here’s where it gets interesting.
The Call for Cake
After a little bit of time, three of the girls (including our eight-year old) came back inside and asked when the cake would be served – their timing was impeccable, since the dessert was being cut up and plated.
So the trio told us, “Great, we’ll go tell the other kids.”
After that I lost track of the trio of “cake heralders” as I served coffee, until we were all seated together at the same table.
The entire party laughed, caught up with each other’s latest news and indulged in the sugary confection. By all accounts, the cake was fantastic. So much so, some folks had gone up for second and third servings – soon the cake was gone.
No More Cake Causes Tears
Shortly thereafter several of the preteen boys came bounding back inside asking if it was time for cake. The boys were all literally devastated once they were informed that the cake was all gone, a few of the younger ones were moved to tears.
I asked my daughter and the other two “cake heralders” sitting with us what happened earlier when they went to tell the boys about the dessert being served.
Together the girls choired, “We did tell them…they didn’t believe us. We tried and tried. They laughed at us. They told us, ‘Very funny it’s not being served so soon, you can’t trick us.’ They didn’t believe us and they kept playing on the jungle gym.”
Rejecting the Truth Doesn’t Make It Untrue
And it struck me, how often times many adults similarly reject a message even when it’s the truth. They reject the message based on no reason other than they simply choose NOT to believe.
Ignoring the truth even when it’s true – it’s a little sad when it involves a child and a piece of cake, but it’s a catastrophic tragedy when it involves a child of God and eternity.
Question: Is there a truth you’re rejecting, for no apparent reason?