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A few years ago, I read a headline that I have never forgotten. Well, I can’t remember the exact words, but I recall the content. Six-Million Pounds of Maple Syrup Had Been Stolen. That’s a lot of syrup. I never read the whole story because sometimes your imagination can create a better story. For instance, my creativity sees clearly the reason they got caught. Come on, you know they went back to steal eight million pounds of pancake mix and seventeen billion pounds of bacon (the more bacon the better)! The mob was having an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet!
Is there really that big of a demand for maple syrup on the black market. Is there some big-time mobster who is commanding his men to hoist this stuff because he is addicted to his sugary sauce. “I want mawh maple syrup. Right? I doan care whatcha have tuh do! Okay? I drink gallons of it every day. Yuh with me? Steal it by de fifty-gallon drum. Yuh got me so fahr? I admit dat I love de sticky substance! Okay? Yuh have a problem wit’ dat? Bad-a-boom-bad-a-bin’!
When they got caught and went to jail, did they get nicknames like “Sticky Fingers” or “SWEETie Pie”? Do other prisoners say things like, “Ya have an extra maple bar we can use to escape?” Or “Do you smell maple syrup?” as they sniff their noses in their direction. They are going to be doing lots of time for their crime. $18,000,000 worth of maple juice is a lot of zeros and tons of sweetness!
But there is something that is even sweeter than six million pounds of maple syrup, David, in Psalm 119:103 (NASB) says: “How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” God’s Word is sweeter than honey and maybe there’s a translation that would say “How sweet are Your wawhds tuh my taste! Okay? Yes, sweetuh than maple syrup tuh my mouth!” (NBAB-New Brooklyn Accent Bible) So, no more hoisting gallons and gallons of maple syrup, just open up God’s Word and Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8)