November 21, 2013

5 Year Anniversary: Wasabi Bistro in Seattle

Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you... your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten... your gold and silver have rusted (this will eat your flesh like fire). ...The Lord of hosts has heard the cries of the laborers of your fields ... while on earth you have only thought of filling your own stomachs and having a good time. Now you are fat cattle on the way to be butchered. You have condemned and murdered innocent people, who couldn't even fight back. James 5:1-6 (paraphrased from ESV and CEV)

This is strong. It is also pretty clear. But let's dive in deeper with some help from Matthew Henry's commentary... the unbelieving, rich Jews often persecuted with hate toward the poor, Christian Jews. Paul directs this all to them. The rich had a lot of misery coming their way. As they say, "eat, drink and be merry" God says, "weep and howl" - miseries here on earth and miseries in hell. All their possessions are temporary (so are ours!), they will all rot to dust and rust, their value will decrease to nothing. The rich can and do cling to their fine garments (today their/our: huge homes, cars, servants). But the moths will eat their garments to nothing, their homes will burn down or be broken down to nothing, their cars chip, rust and the engines die, their servants will leave them... and God only hears the cry of their laborers. The rich are completely satisfied, and all that awaits them is eternity in hell if they don't turn to Jesus. Apart from their loving Lord Jesus, without possession or pride, that is where they will end up. Naked. Alone.

I told you it was a heavy couple verses! God is telling us to be careful of falling into this, as many of us have. If we cling onto our earthly possessions like mini-gods, what are we going to feel when we are standing at heaven's gates, before our Creator? None of the material will be in our hands. We cannot store up our treasures on earth or we will be very empty handed once our life ends. Everything in our life is so temporary, and it's all going to rot into nothingness. Living for Christ is so much more fulfilling, and eternal!

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 So it happened. We had another anniversary, and this time we wanted to make it extra special. Last year we had a newborn, I was self conscious about my post partum belly that still shouted "I'm a couple months pregnant! but if you touch my belly, it's more like a squishy springy balloon full of rubber bands than a firm, pregnant belly!" and dressing up for the occasion did not even cross our minds. This year, we opted for dressing up, a movie, and a yummy dinner. T'was superb. Saying goodbye to the baby boy for a few hours wasn't easy. But grandma and grandpa were amazing and more than willing to give him kisses for 3 hours while we were gone.




Restaurant of choice: Wasabi Bistro in Seattle. It had promising ratings on Yelp, has recently been remodeled so it was very fancy, and includes 2 entire pages in their menu dedicated to vegetarian options. Triple win! Not so awesome: the dim lighting, causing food photography to be a slight challenge. We overcame. We concurred. We watched the movie Gravity in 3D, then consumed large amounts of rice.







 





God has blessed our marriage in more ways than we can count. To learn, through God's grace, how to love and serve another human being (who just so happens to also be a sinner, like me) is humbling, challenging, and incredible. I am full of joy when I ponder how the Lord has brought us together, and never ceases to gift us with lessons, growth through trials, and show us His abundant love through parenthood. Eduardo is a joy to be around and I am so, so excited for what our Father has in store for us! His mysteries amaze my itty bitty brain! 

We do not know what the future holds. But we know Who holds the future.

2 comments:

  1. Congrats on your anniversary! May God continue to bless you all!

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