Today, I woke up and headed out the door to the grocery before anything else. My days usually begin with coffee, quiet time, a workout, then a shower. But not today. Today is grocery day and I have to arrive at Trader Joe’s before everyone else. It’s frustrating to me to not be able to pull up my cart beside the item I’m looking at because someone is standing right there, in my way. So per the advice of my last checkout clerk, I arrived two hours after the store had opened.
It was glorious! The main parking lot was half-empty, and I could walk down aisles without having to worry I’m in someone’s way like they are always in mine. I picked out exactly what I needed without having to wait in lines or my usual trick of circling around after getting something else hoping they will have moved when I get back around.
I can’t create joy, but Jesus can.
Despite my goal of not interacting with people, I was able to enjoy the moment when this gray-haired beauty stopped me and asked what I was holding. I had time and the patience to walk over and show her the tiny pink flowers and see her face light up at the joy of seeing such a treasure.
While my priorities are usually geared to sticking with my morning routine, I’m so thankful God used my crowd insecurity to create an opportunity for passing on joy to someone else. In that moment I too was filled with joy and wonder at such a pretty miracle.
I did not get all my to-dos finished today, but I’m ending the day joyful and thankful. There were little surprises all day reminding me how loved I am.
I hope to remember that I can’t create joy, but Jesus can. I pushed the need for time with Him to the back of my mind and still He pursued me all day long.
How many people love you that much?
It seems only fitting to end this day writing down all the ways He showed up and showed off today.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! (Psalm 95:2 ESV)