ChaiI went to Starbucks a few days ago to pick up a gift card for a friend.  I really wanted to buy something but:

(A) I’m too cheap because it wasn’t a coffee date or travel day

(B) Got to lose a few pounds (yes, those same pounds from Christmas keep following me around!)

While waiting in line I heard the barista say, “Free chai.  Free chai.”

I looked around.  Was it too good to be true?

I leaned in and asked, “Did you just say free chai?”

“That’s right,” he replied.

Sheepishly I said, “I’ll take it!”

The cashier and I made jokes about the amazing customer service and how I have never received anything free from Starbucks before.

The barista said, “I kept saying ‘Free chai’ but no one responded.  You were the first one to respond.”


It was a picture to me of God’s smile (I love free and chai tea!) and also on something else.
Proverbs tells us that wisdom calls aloud outside (1:20):
She cries out in the chief concourses, at the openings of the gates in the city.  She speaks her words: How long you simple ones, will you love simplicity?  For scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge.  Turn at my rebuke; surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you. (Prov. 1:21-23)
Just like that barista calling out, wisdom calls out to us each day.
Will we listen and take advantage of the wisdom God will grant us if we ask?  
Will we repent of wrongdoing?  
Will we seek help when we don’t have the answers? 
These questions may not be as easy or fun to answer as “Who wants free Chai tea?” but the fruit of living with wisdom is much sweeter (and less caloric) than anything you can order to drink.
Wisdom cries out.  Let’s pause today long enough to hear and answer.
Arlene Pellicane

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