Grocery shopping day. It’s a big event when being under taken with children. The warnings were issued prior to entering the facility. PLEASE KEEP ALL SMALL HANDS TO SELF AND OFF MERCHANDISE.
Upon entering the store the children behaved just as expected. That is.. not as expected. A woman can hope.
So when life doesn’t go as planned or in this case, when the toddler demands to potty and the baby is well deep in the grocery cart by now, you take a breath and embrace the moment.
To the dear woman in Aldi who “babysat” my two children while I took the toddler to use the bathroom (the same toddler whom usually refuses the said potty at home) thank you.
To some, a risky move letting a stranger watch your kids that you just met in the checkout line. I’m sure I once thought this way myself, but I have had four children. I’m a risk taker my friends.
This woman was such a ray of light to me. The Lord knew I needed to hear her words of encouragement at that exact moment in time. He gives the most perfect gifts. We just must be willing to ask and have eyes to see when they are being given.
I don’t know if you are a list maker or if you are more like me and you make yourself a list telling yourself you should really make a list. If this is you. I get you.
I did make a list this time surprisingly though. Although I didn’t bring it. It was in my jean pocket from yesterday. I did however try.
I know salt was on the list. As well as syrup. Does anyone else go through these items as quickly as we do? I’m not the most grandeur cook, so a little bit of salt can go a long way. As for the syrup we can live without it, but salt is just as essential to me today as it was to the women using it before freezers came along.
As the boys and I are throwing out groceries onto the conveyor belt to keep up with the checker, I notice the woman in front of me bought a hand full of things. One of those things being syrup, which I forgot. Which then reminded me that I also forgot the salt.
And so it was. No salt was bought today. Old Mother Hubbard went to her cupboard.. and yah there wasn’t any salt. Sorry kids. You must eat your chewy pork chop with a little extra ketchup tonight. Too bad mom forgot to buy that too.
Friends, I hope you can relate to this. The Lord sees you. He wants you to call upon Him. In the mist of what oftentimes seems like chaos, there is still salt to give a little flavor to the season you are in right now.
I can live without salt. I can’t however live without my Savior. Because of His Grace I’m a believer of this.
Moral of the story is don’t go to the grocery store without a list if you want to forget the salt, but more importantly don’t go through life in the dark when we were meant to live in the light.
“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”
1 John 1:5-7
“Honey would you pass the salt? Just kidding. There isn’t any.”