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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Whine (05/23/13)

TITLE: The Grocery Cart Was Full
By Kathern Nemec


“Just be happy!!”

The pouting teenager immediately responded to her mom’s thunderous, harsh three word rebuke with two words emphatically whined loud enough for everyone within earshot to hear: “I aaaaaAAAAAAAMMMmmm!” Seconds earlier, as I was approaching the check-out line at our local supermarket, I noticed the disgruntled teen, and observed the expression on her face. I immediately thought “Uh-oh…looks like she’s not getting her way…” Her squinted eyes and lower lip sticking out betrayed the fact that all was not well. It looked like the whiner was with her Mom and Grandma, who no doubt were doing their weekly grocery shopping. The grocery cart was full. The teen would probably eat from what was in it.

Not being able to resist, I peeked out of the corner of my eye after the explosion. The young girl had turned her back to her mom, defiantly crossed her arms, heaved a long sigh, and stuck her lower lip out farther than before. “Well, she told her Mom she was happy…that must be how she expresses her happiness”, I mused. Mom conversed with Grandma in a normal tone; for her, life was back to normal. The grocery cart was full.

It took only a few seconds to realize that I am often guilty of the same behavior as the discontented teen. I saw a reflection of myself. My grocery cart is full, too. My Heavenly Father fills it every day. Not only with groceries, but of a myriad of incredibly beautiful gifts that He has for me, yet I whine and fuss when I don’t get my way. Sometimes I complain and heave that long sigh, stick out my lower lip and cross my arms in annoyance, too. Sometimes I just don’t get it right, and I’m not always rejoicing. ..and to my shame, even when my grocery cart is full.

I never thought that God would teach me such a valuable lesson at Wal-Mart. But, thankfully, He did. I hope I never forget that HE is the One who fills my grocery cart, and promised to always fill it. But most of all, I hope my genuine expression of happiness shows Him just how grateful I am. My grocery cart is full!

“Blessed be the LORD, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation.” Psalm 68:19 (NKJV)

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Linda Buskirk05/31/13
This was enjoyable to read. I really like your use of the full shopping cart as the analogy. It was unexpected, but is an image that I know will stay with me whenever I start to whine about something. Thank you for that!
C D Swanson 05/31/13
Quite often God will show us through interactions of others, the real meaning of blessings, and His love, as this well told story just did.

Thank you for sharing this timely reminder of what we as Christians should be aware of.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/05/13
I love this devotion. The real life drama drew me in immediately. God is wonderful for only a powerful God would be able to use a petulant teen to show his love for us. I think you handled the topic in a fun and fresh way. Good job.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/06/13
Congratulations for ranking 9th in your level! (The highest rankings can be found on the message boards)