Thursday, 23 September 2021

M Michele's Musings

Pursuit of the Free Burrito

My dear friend, Ms. Bernice, received a coupon for a free burrito at church recently.  Ms. Bernice decided to use the coupon on her way home that very day.   She stopped in the first store but they did not carry this particular burrito brand.  So she traveled on and stopped at the next store and again they did not carry this type of burrito either.   A bit discouraged but still hopeful, on she went, stopping at the third store and again she received the same news, they did not carry that particular burrito.   By now she was close to home, hungry and still no burrito but a determination arose in her heart, she was going to find the elusive burrito.  Ms. Bernice decided to veer a little out of the way to a larger store.  Before going in, she also decided that she would be friendly to everyone she met, give them a smile and a nice word.  She may as well bless others as she was on the search for the burrito.  She went down the frozen food aisles perusing the freezers for the burrito with no luck.  As people passed, she would smile, speak a kind word and show them her coupon asking if they knew where she could find the item.  She had gone down the aisles at least three times greeting everyone who passed.  Ms. Bernice was actually having a great time greeting people in her pursuit of the burrito but was just about ready to give up the quest.  That is when she saw a man putting up bananas.  He didn’t know if the store carried the burrito but directed her to someone he said ‘knew everything.’   The woman knew exactly where these burritos were and guided Ms. Bernice directly to the free burritos.  Once there, Ms. Bernice had her pick of several different choices.  With excitement she made her choice, went home and ate the burrito which was well worth the pursuit.    

Ms. Bernice’s determination to find the free burrito reminded me of two different women in the Bible.   The first was the woman with the issue of blood who was looking for healing (Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:25-34 and Luke 8:43-47) and the second was the woman who kept going to the judge for justice (Luke 18:1-8).  Though the three women were seeking different ends, persistence is at the heart of each.   In all three, each woman received what they sought because of sheer determination.  They would not give up in the pursuit of their cause.  Had any one of them given up they would not have obtained their goal.   

In Luke 18: 1b Jesus said, “men ought to pray and not lose heart” and Luke 18:7 “shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?”  Ms. Bernice displayed a perfect example of what we should do in prayer and our walk with God even when we don’t see immediate results.  God does answer prayer, we needn’t lose heart.  Though our prayers are not always answered on our time table, we can be assured that God does answer.  He answers in His perfect timing as we faithfully pursue Him.  He not only answers but He changes us to be more like Jesus in the process as we allow Him and trust Him to work in our lives.  He constantly refines our faith and works toward making us into what we ought to be.  He often uses the tough and difficult times in our lives to do this work. “So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:7

Ms. Bernice was diligent in doing everything she could to obtain her objective; she did not lose heart.  Though there seemed to be roadblocks and obstacles to her objective she pressed through and kept stepping forward.  She also decided to bless others though her objective had not yet been met and the right answer did not seem to be on the horizon.  In the end, because of her diligence and determination, she found her answer and was rewarded with the prize that she had sought.   In the end, the prize was well worth the journey.   

Some scriptures come to mind concerning Ms. Bernice’s day.  The first being, 1 Thessalonians 5:13, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”  Ms. Bernice’s determination to stay joyful and bless those she met with a smile and a kind word was like giving thanks despite not being able to find the elusive burrito.  She did not let the disappointing circumstances keep her from displaying God’s love and joy to others.  She was a light for Christ.   She did all this while pressing toward her ultimate goal.  In Philippians 3:14 Paul spoke and said, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call in Christ Jesus.”  Paul certainly pressed toward the goal he had set his heart upon and he accomplished things as a Christian most of us only dream of.  Paul’s life as a Christian was all about determination and not giving up.  He suffered shipwrecks, beatings, imprisonment and many other things yet he never once gave up and in the end he was able to say “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”  2 Timothy 4:7 

Ms. Bernice pressed toward the goal, gave thanks, fought a good fight and finished her course finding the item she sought and in the end her hunger was satisfied.  We need to do the same in our lives. In serving Christ, there is a goal to press toward; a fight to fight and a race to run.  It takes faithfulness, persistence, diligence and determination but we can win the prize.  We can win the upward call in Christ Jesus and become more like Him, accomplishing His will for our lives.  Let us be as determined to pursue God and His free gift of salvation as Ms. Bernice was to find that free burrito.  May the hunger in our hearts for a relationship with God be filled and satisfied with the Life of Christ and His Holy Spirit.  May we be all that 1 Peter 1:9 declares that we are, “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”  

 Love in Christ, Michele

Copyright December 2012 

~ Michele LeDoux Abshire

Columnist: Michele Abshire


Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at



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