Friday, October 14, 2016

Blessings in the Cereal Aisle


You wouldn't expect to be in awe of the cereal aisle, would you? I guess that depends on your perspective.

My first few years at NASA, I occasionally worked with Russian cosmonauts who came to train in Houston. Many of them brought their spouses with them.  

I'll never forget the day I went to a grocery store with one of the cosmonaut's wives. She was wide-eyed as we walked around the store.  

Accustomed to an open market where she bargained for meat hanging in open stalls, she marveled at the already cut-and-packaged chicken, beef, and pork. She couldn't believe the selection.

The canned vegetables, the seasonings - many she'd never heard of - and the mound of toilet paper amazed her.

But what captivated her the most was the cereal aisle. She walked along it, her face glowed like she'd just found a pearl of great price. Shredded Wheat to Lucky Charms, Bran Flakes to Cocoa Puffs - she was in a breakfast wonderland.

To me, it was just a meat counter, just a vegetable aisle, just a row of cereal. 

How often is it just salvation, just His grace, just His presence?

When did I last 

  • Gaze wide-eyed at His majesty 
  • Marvel at His love
  • Stand amazed at His provision
  • Worship, captivated by His love


When did I last worship the Pearl of Great Price, Jesus, with total abandon? 

Do I remember the awe I felt when I first met Him and realized the grace and mercy He freely offered me?

Do I take Him for granted?

Lord, please give me that lady's perspective when I consider the riches I have in You!



Blessed? Please share!

12 comments:

  1. Great word picture! Thank you for this!

    Heather Bock
    www.glimpsesofjesus.com

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    1. God's teaching me to be aware of my blessings. Thanks for stopping by, Heather!

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  2. Wonderful reminder! How often we take things for granted. tweeted.

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    1. I certainly do, Carole! God has to remind me often how blessed I am. Thanks for commenting and for sharing, dear friend.

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  3. what an amazing perspective my friend, and how we take Him for granted. Leah

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    1. I was amazed by her response! God can use the simplest things to teach us. Love you!

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  4. Sherry, What a wonderful illustration and reminder to pause and truly worship the Great I Am!

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    1. I certainly need to be reminded! Thanks for stopping by, Beckie!

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  5. I always want to stand in awe of our Lord and be grateful for everything He has given me, from eternal life to daily bread. Cereal aisles too. :)

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    1. Daily bread and cereal - made me giggle, Katy! Thanks for reading!

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  6. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book
    in it or something. I think that you could do with a few pics to drive the
    message home a bit, but instead of that, this is great blog.
    An excellent read. I will definitely be back.

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    1. Thank you so much for the advice - pics are the hardest part for me. The words come easy but finding good pics takes lots of time.
      Thank you for the encouraging words!

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