Haskell Donuts
March 4, 2015, 8:00 AM


     Have you heard this story? A man found dieting success by taking a different path to work, to avoid his usual stop for donuts. One day he absent-mindedly took his old route. He was about to turn around, then thought, “Maybe this is a sign! Maybe God is rewarding me for my efforts and hard work.”

     So the man said a short prayer asking God for a sign: If this was His true intention, let there be a parking spot right in front. Sure enough, as he went around the block for the fifth time, one opened up! This describes me in at least two ways: I love donuts! And I struggle in surrendering my will, to His will!

    When Haskell donuts opened just around the corner from where I live, I knew trouble was looming. When the sign on the front of the building says they open at 5 in the morning, and I know then they will have hot donuts, big trouble was coming. When I am able to ride my bicycle in the mornings I get to ride right by there, oh and it smells so good.

     Since the shop opened a couple of years ago I have enjoyed fewer than a dozen donuts. But it’s been a struggle. Just as I feared, the sign and the smell have been very tough to disregard. I even buy a dozen every week for about 7 months of the year, to take to ladies class on Wednesday mornings.

     When it comes to donuts and life I’m too often like the man circling the parking lot, at heart looking to do my will, all the while insisting I’m waiting on a sign from God. The problem for me is I listen to all kind of voices. The problem for me is exactly what Jesus pointed out in the garden. "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak." Sometimes I even go the way where I know, I will fall into temptation.

      When measuring my will against God’s, there is no better standard than Jesus. In the next verse Jesus says; He went away a second time and prayed, "My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done." Someway somehow that needs to be my example of submission. “Not my will but Thine.” Do you struggle with this as much as I do? It looks like even Jesus was struggling with it for a short time.

     Maybe I should spend more time speaking to God in prayer, and less time running around in circles waiting for Him to speak to me. Jesus sat still, talked to God the Father, instead of running in circles. We read over and over Jesus saying, His was to do the Fathers will, not His own, even when His disciples offered Him, maybe a donut.

     They came out of the town and made their way toward him. Meanwhile his disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat something." But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about." Then his disciples said to each other, "Could someone have brought him food?" "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. John 4:30-34

     Have you tried Haskell Donuts fritters? They are really good. Have a great week.