Flashback Friday: White Castle Romance

This piece was one of my first posts when I began blogging in January of 2018. At the time I had about a dozen followers. So in the interest of sharing it with the 300+ followers that have joined me since then, I’d like to share with you some Valentine’s Day thoughts from a couple of years ago …

 

Then the angel said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited

to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’”   Revelation 19:9

 

Well, it’s official: White Castle is taking reservations for Valentine’s Day.

I did a double-take as I passed the billboard, trying to imagine who would consider a meal at that establishment a romantic thing to do on Valentine’s Day. With all due respect to those who love and crave “sliders,” frankly the two thoughts “White Castle” and “romance” had never crossed my mind at the same time.

What do you picture when you think of a romantic dinner – white  linen tablecloth? Candlelight? Crystal, silver, and fine china? Soft music? I had to laugh, thinking of a couple sitting in hard plastic chairs, eating fries, and the girl trying hard to pretend she thought this was remotely elegant. (Am I just showing my age here?)

But then I thought of God’s perspective. (I was on my way to church, after all.) Jesus told us that our eyes haven’t seen, our ears haven’t heard, nor could we even imagine what He had prepared for those who love Him. (I Corinthians 2:9) That means, compared with the feast that awaits us in heaven, that candlelight dinner with all the luxuries attached is more like digging in a dumpster. And yet that “high-class” type of lifestyle is what so many people run after all their lives.

I’ve been there. I was raised in a country club culture from the time I was much too young to understand or appreciate what I was being given on a daily basis. And yet my first taste of what it was like to be a child of God – forgiven, saved, filled with His Spirit – awakened in me such a craving for more that I knew no private club, no amount of possessions or membership in a worldly “inner circle” could satisfy.

So, while I smirk and roll my eyes at the thought of a Valentine’s Day dinner at White Castle, I should be equally amused – or grieved – that so much of the world is “settling,” having no idea that “Better is one day in your [God’s] courts than a thousand elsewhere.” (Psalm 84:10)

 

Prayer: Jesus, our Beloved, our heavenly Bridegroom, help us to have our eyes and hearts fixed on You. Help us not to be distracted by the glitter of worldly things that will fade and decay, when You have promised so much more to those who love You. Let us live in eager anticipation of that day we are are joined with You forever, and the Wedding Feast has begun. In Your precious Name, Amen.

 

25 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: White Castle Romance

  1. Ooh, really like this! What a wonderous thing it is to think of all that awaits us in heaven. There’s no way to describe it. It’s sad to see so many settling for the temporal fineries indeed. Thanks for re-sharing this so us newer folks could enjoy! Blessings to you! ☺

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  2. Back in the mid 80’s, I went with some fellow church members to Indiana for a mission trip to help a new church plant. We didn’t have White Castle in Texas at the time. When we arrived, we saw a White Castle near our hotel. Some were foaming at the mouth just itching to go there. We did & I was underwhelmed. But, whatever the Lord has in store will be beyond my imagination here in this body.

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  3. It is good to remember to keep things in their correct place in our life. Having an eternal perspective makes the things of this world lose their shine. And what God has in store for us will be beyond anything we can imagine.

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  4. Annie, I love this! It is all about perspective, isn’t it? You and I grew up on opposite sides of the tracks. We were dirt poor, lived on welfare much of the time, wore hand me down clothes, etc. I had to drop out of Girl Scouts, which I loved, because my mom couldn’t afford the 10 cents a week dues. And, she had to pay for my lock for my school locker on time payments. We ate a lot of army surplus food, too. Rich people were never in my inner circle.

    But, I didn’t mind being poor most of the time. For me, a box of hand me down clothes was a treasure box. And, perhaps because we were in want so much that it made me all the more appreciative of what I have in Christ. And, yes, nothing compares, nothing on this earth can supply us with what we really thirst for as human beings. Our satisfaction and our provisions for life must be found in Christ and in Christ alone. He must be our all in all.

    Oh, and I loved your picture you painted of the romantic dinner at the White Castle. It tickled me. 🙂

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    1. When my daughter was a teen, she attended a women’s luncheon with me one day when she had a snow day. She was standing in front of the mirror, in a camouflage miniskirt, combat boots, messy hair, and a Christmas ornament dangling from her ear. She saw me standing behind her, smiling at her. Turning around, she gave me a big hug. “I love you, Mom,” she said. “No matter what I wear, you’re never ashamed to be seen with me.” ( ❤ !) (I was just blessed she didn't mind being seen with ME. 😉 )

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  5. Great post, Annie! When I was a little girl, the best surprise was when my grandfather brought me a bag of White Castles. It was a special treat because there wasn’t any extra money. I loved those things! Blessings, my friend!

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