I grew up going to Bi-Lilo or Winn-Dixie each week with my mama. Recently, I’ve tried out Publix, and I like how kind each employee is and that someone always offers to take my buggy to the car. A couple weeks ago, I officially decided that my weekly grocery trip will HAVE to be Publix. Well, this Monday, God had other plans.
I have never, EVER been to Food Lion. There happens to be one very close to my school, and it crossed my mind a while back that if I need to pick up one or two things, I should go there and maybe could run into kids or parents from my class. I definitely like the hospitality of Publix, and may still occssassionly visit Bi-Lo for some fuel perks, but Food Lion could suffice for an “I forgot to get that” run. As I left school Monday with my weekly shopping list, I felt the Holy Spirit urging me to go to Food Lion. My immediate thought was, “No! It has been a rough day, and I want to go to Publix where someone will carry my buggy and where there’s always samples.” I seriously told that to God. But again, the Holy Spirit told me to go to Food Lion. I turned in, but circled the parking lot for a while trying to talk myself into getting back on the road and going to “magical Publix.” I finally told the Spirit that I would listen and go “to Food Lion,” even “in Food Lion,” but I wasn’t going to shop somewhere that I didn’t like. I just knew they wouldn’t have the fruit I wanted, be clean enough, or a list of about five other excuses I had come up with during my multiple in and out of rows of parking spaces.
Afer making my way inside, I again felt the Holy Spirit speak. I was not being asked to simply go inside, but to shop. I began going up and down, and back and forth trying to find everything on my list in a store I had never visited, and then God showed me why He desired me to be in Food Lion. One of my sweet girls and her grandpa were shopping too! I got to speak with them for quite a while, was at budget when checking out, and then saw one of my boys and his family coming into the store as I left!
For months, it has frustrated me that I rarely see my kiddos around town because I live twenty-five minutes from school. God very much heard that desire of my heart, and I almost missed it because of disobedience! May I not fight the Spirit and trust His leading. So for now, I’m a Food Lion girl!