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Cast Your Bread Upon the Waters

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Published June 15, 2013

Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days, is a verse from Ecclesiastes 11:1. This verse is so appropriate for my short story.

Last week I bought a solar energy powered sunflower to place on my car’s dashboard. I thought it was cute and it made me smile. (Normally I don’t buy little things to decorate my car, but it in that moment it somehow seemed like the right thing to do.)

Solar Sunflower
Solar Sunflower

On Saturday I visited my friend and her son in Greenville, South Carolina. We went shopping together and I suddenly had this idea that her four year-old son might like the sunflower. I gave it to his mother to give to him.

Delighted, she smiled and said he had seen one just like it in the store a few days prior. He’d wanted it really badly, but they hadn’t bought it. So I felt really good about sharing with him.

Monday, on the way home, I visited my cousin and her husband in their home near Charlotte.

As I was leaving she said, “Wait a minute, I have a little something for you.”

When she came back she handed me a solar energy sunflower, exactly like the one I had bought and given to my friend’s son.

What we do always comes back to us. Or to use a more common expression, “What goes around, comes around.” New Living Translation (©2007) interprets the above verse as:

“Send your grain across the seas, and in time, profits will flow back to you.”

My bread did come back to me, but doubly so. I gave something to someone out of love and someone else gave it back to me with love. So I received the joy of giving and of being loved. All of this was bound together with the happiness and sharing that I experienced.

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Elaine Estes


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