As I was
When I walked into the grocery store a couple of hours later, the first thing I saw was toilet paper that was on a great sale. A-ha! I thought. Great start. Check one item off my list and continue on my way. That in itself was a relief.
When I turned down the baking aisle - needing brown sugar, white sugar and flour - I had to chuckle to myself when I saw that all three of those items were also on sale. Nice one, God! I thought with a smile.
And so went my grocery shopping trip as I continued down the aisles, crossing items off of my lengthy list. Yogurt? On sale. Cheese slices? On sale. Cereal? On sale (and even specifically the ones that had been requested by my family members). Even Pepsi for this tired Mama was on a great sale - bonus!
The first item (the toilet paper) was a relief. The baking ingredients made me chuckle. And every item after that? Well, they brought tears to my eyes. For serious. I was completely overwhelmed that so many of the items that were needed this week were on sale. Just for me. None of these were items that I only bought because they were on sale; they were all items that were already on my list (granted the Lucky Charms cereal is a novelty item - but not only was it on sale, it also has a free movie coupon so I was pretty much paid to bring it home). :)
I encountered God in the middle of the grocery store. Sure, I may still have gone a bit over budget - but the way that God showed me that He was clearly looking out for us? It was something I won't soon forget.
It was a reminder that God cares about everything in our lives. Even our grocery bill.