“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31
I am trying hard not to get carried away here; but if you combine today’s post with yesterday’s “live music in church” celebration, it would be easy to detect a pattern, and that pattern is increasingly positive and encouraging any way you slice it.
Rebekah and I love to go out on dates. Regular dating is something we recommend to all couples of all ages, and the practice has been a kind of relationship touchstone over the years. We have done a good job adapting over the past year-plus shutdown, via take-out and special meals at home and movie nights etc., but we have really missed the experience of going out to a good restaurant followed by wandering the shops together.
Then our wonderful daughter, Naomi, and her husband, Craig, gave Rebekah and I an evening out for Mothers’ Day. They sent us to their favorite Wake Forest eatery and the timing couldn’t have been better.
Over the Falls came through beautifully. The wait staff was pleasant and helpful, the food was excellent, and the atmosphere perfect date-night-casual.
We shared some wings; Rebekah enjoyed the “Green Goddess Melt” (Grilled Sourdough Bread, Fresh Mozzarella, Feta, Swiss, Pesto, Spinach, Avocado, & Grilled Chicken); I went for the “Big Kahuna” Pizza (Ham, Fresh Pineapple, Jalapeno, Roasted Red Peppers, Bacon & Mozzarella). I added a local IPA for good measure.
The wings were hands down the best wings we have ever had. Rebekah’s sandwich was perfect. My Big Kahuna was so good the plan to bring half of it home for Tuesday lunch simply didn’t happen.
But the sweetest thing about the evening was hanging out with Rebekah, having someone else prepare the food and clean up, and then wandering the hardware store (Rebekah loves the hardware store!) holding hands and talking. Tea and dessert at home with a cheesy movie wrapped things up nicely.
Take that, COVID-19.
Whatever we do:
Note that the best element of the evening is our relationship.
It is my prayer that the way Rebekah and I enjoy one another – the creativity and the effort and the kindness and the commitment and the care and the fun and the faithful love – encourages others to be so deliberate and so committed to living out the Good News in regular day-to-day life.
All of it – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.