Meeting God with Twinkies and a Root Beer

Discussions about speaking rightly of God and images of God often have political undertones and sometimes have political lines drawn in the cosmos. As we will see in future posts, liberal or conservative labels are regularly attached to the conflicting viewpoints. That is an unfortunate path to take as it limits our ideas about God, our ability to discuss God and God’s intentions for us, and our openness to each other’s experiences of God. If we are able to see God in our world, see God in each other, and even on a very good day, see God in ourselves, we are open to amazing and joyful experiences.

The author of the story below is unknown—at least that is what numerous sources report. It is a story of images of God that transcends politics and opens us to images of God that are available to us right down the street on a park bench in your neighborhood park.


A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with Twinkies and a six-pack of root beer and started his journey. When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old woman. She was sitting in the park just staring at some pigeons.

The boy sat down next to her and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the old lady looked hungry, so he offered her a Twinkie. She gratefully accepted it and smiled at him. Her smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered her a root beer. Once again she smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.

As it grew dark, the boy realized how tired he was, and he got up to leave but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old woman and gave her a hug. She gave him her biggest smile ever. When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, “What did you do today that made you so happy?” He replied, “I had lunch with God.” But, before his mother could respond, he added, “You know what? She’s got the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen!”

Meanwhile, the old woman, also radiant with joy, returned to her home. Her son was stunned by the look of peace on her face and he asked, “Mother, what did you do today that made you so happy?” She replied, “I ate Twinkies in the park with God.” But, before her son responded, she added, “You know, he’s much younger than I expected.”


2 Replies to “Meeting God with Twinkies and a Root Beer”

  1. My Mother sent this to me many years ago. I have used this story in Devotionals and received great responses. Thank-you.

    1. My apologies for not thanking you in a timely fashion. Yours is one of two responses and I simply was not looking for any comments. Your kind words are greatly appreciated.

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