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A young boy was sitting all alone on the sidewalk in front of a store in a poor part of Chicago. It was a hot, sultry day, and Mr. Jackson, who was waiting for his friend on the opposite corner, noticed how sad the child on the sidewalk looked. I wonder if an ice cream cone would cheer him up, thought Mr. Jackson.
He glanced at his watch. He still had a few minutes before his friend would arrive to pick him up. He hurried into the corner store and bought a big ice cream cone and went over and offered it to the sweaty little boy. “Would you like to have an ice cream cone on such a hot day?”
A Wonderful Taste
But the little boy wasn’t too sure about it. Apparently he had only recently arrived in the United States and knew very few English words. He had evidently never tasted ice cream before, and he just turned his head away and said, “No!”
Mr. Jackson didn’t give up easily. He offered the cone again, but the boy was not going to take that strange-looking thing from a stranger. Mr. Jackson was puzzled. Finally, with a quick push, he tried to jab it into the boy’s mouth, but the boy ducked and ended up with a patch of ice cream on his nose. It didn’t take long for the ice cream to melt and slide into his mouth.
What do you think happened then? The delighted boy looked up with a big smile and said just one word: “More!” With a hearty laugh, Mr. Jackson handed him the whole cone and then hurried over to meet his friend.
The Best Taste of All
The Lord Jesus is offering us a wonderful gift, too — salvation from our sins and a home with Him in heaven. Are you turning away from the Lord Jesus? Have you turned away from His gifts? He is watching you with a loving heart as you read this story, and He wants to win you for Himself. I’m sure you don’t know how wonderful it is to have Jesus as your very own Saviour, just as our friend didn’t know how wonderful ice cream tasted on a blistering day. But when he had a lick, he said, “More!” And those of us who have received the Lord Jesus as our Saviour have found Him to be everything we need or want. As we walk with the Lord and have His Word in our hearts, we enjoy Him and His gifts of love more and more.
“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him” (Psalm 34:8).