Supermarket blessings

By Natalia Hatton | Blog

May 16

I’ve just walked in the door from the supermarket with my heart brimming.  The groceries are still in the boot as I couldn’t help dashing in and sharing with you before I get on with task mode.

Today I have been encouraging various people that God brought to mind, phoning others to support them and pray through things.  Amidst doing my prep for leading and serving at the in-depth bible study I am part of.  I don’t mind any of it at all.  In fact I count it a privilege.

But I can’t help but be in awe of my God who can turn a simple task like going to do groceries into a barrel of blessings and encouragement for me, over and over again.

It started from the moment I got the trolley and walked through the entrance to the fruit section.  As I stood selecting mandarines there was an old gentleman doing the same thing.  He looked a little worse for wear, and sad.  Without realising it I smiled and our eyes connected.  He thanked me for taking the time to acknowledge his existence and smile at him.  Then a conversation unfolded.  I walked away feeling so grateful that Jesus is so alive in me that I don’t even notice Him shining through.

On I went and each aisle was easy with people parting like the red sea to make my task as easy as possible.  This is not usual, you know, with those people who are always in the way for one reason or another.  Further I go and I spy a friend from my bible study and we have a lovely chat.  Nearing the end of my trolley filling to find the check outs are so long because I’ve not been able to go first thing and am doing groceries at peak time.

Standing there minding my own business and a lady who works there approaches me and asks me if I would follow her to a different check out and there I am front of the line.  Amidst the chaos of the store she takes her time to not only open a new till and scan all my items, but smiles and engages.  Let’s be honest, not always the case. She even helps me load the trolley and wishes me a good day.

Out to the car I go and start loading my boot when a car zips into the empty park beside me.  A disabled man gets out of the passenger side.  After my experience with the gentleman by the mandarines I smile and say hello.  He tells me there is a note on my windscreen and says may God bless me for being so friendly.

My trolley is empty and the wind starts taking it away while I close the boot.  A kind lady stops and rescues it.  A pleasant exchange is had.  I can’t help but be amazed that in the chaos of our world how many people have been so pleasant instead of the grumbles that are all too regular.

I grab the note and am uplifted with kind words and begin the drive home.  My heart is overflowing and I am left in awe of my God.  When He purposes us to walk alongside others and give and give He never leaves us without.  He gives back in small ways, big ways, all so personal and extravagant.  Reminding us when we are called to walk out His purposes we won’t ever be able to out give Him, that we won’t ever be asked to give to the point of exhaustion without being filled up ourselves.  If we would just open our eyes and see the way He blesses, even at supermarkets in the mundane tasks of life.

I pray that you too will find doing life with Jesus such an adventure, where the mundane is turned into a blessing.  Where the days you pour out to others you are lavished on in such a way that you are left in awe and overflowing.  What a reality we get to live in!

About the Author

Natalia has bravely written two books that show a road not often talked about … infertility. She is real and vulnerable in it. Yet you see how God can turn broken pieces of her life into something beautiful, where deep faith and rich growth are seen.

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