Yes, yes I did.
My daughter had a school assignment where she had to set a menu to feed our family 4 meals, make a grocery list, go grocery shopping and cook the meals for us. While they were in school one day, I gone ahead and did my grocery shopping so that when I took her, I could give her my full attention!
Let me give you some background knowledge (you will be changed forever! JK). I like grocery shopping. I know, weird. Most avoid it at all costs! I’ve got my grocery list, coupons and I’m heading down every aisle. Over the years, the kids have “joined” me at the grocery store. Once they were old enough to venture around the store, they got their own list. Mostly to keep them busy, away from each other and make the trip as painless as possible! (I’ve only had to leave a cart full of groceries behind once.) So, if they go with me nowadays, they want their list to “help” so they can get out as quickly as possible!
Ok. Back to the story. So my daughter has her list and is ready to go. Oh boy!!! We are going through each section and going down most aisles. She’s doing a good job of looking for and getting what she needs. At one point we paused to check the amount of an ingredient that she needed to know how much to get. She looked on her phone, I made a comment, she asked a question and all I could do was look at her. No words came. It was a moment of really, I’m pretty sure you should know that! She quickly answered her own question, we had a good laugh over it and she announced for all to hear, “You birthed me!” All I could do was nod and say “Yes, yes I did!” The giggles and loud comments lasted until we were back in the car.
Oh the joys of teenagers! Boys or girls, it doesn’t matter. Their poor teenage brains just can’t handle the world around them sometimes. And sometimes, we just don’t know what to do but give a blank stare back.
Once we got home from grocery shopping I thought, “I need some Jesus!” I headed to my room and my Bible. I wasn’t sure where I was going to go in the Bible, but knew I needed it. And while I do not recommend an open Bible, point and read method, it worked that night. I turned to Isaiah 51:1.
“Listen to me who pursue righteousness, who seek the Lord: Look to the rock from which you were hewn. And to the quarry from which you were dug.”
Bear with me for a moment. When reading and studying the scripture, it’s helpful to know the background, audience and purpose of the author. Yet every now and then, something just jumps out and speaks to me. That’s what this verse did.
Precious gems, jewels and stones come from rock. Beautiful diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds and many others come from a rock. You and I, we come from THE Rock. He created us and we are His precious gems. We are made beautiful in Him because He is in us.
Over time (a lot of time), stones are refined and made more beautiful with each day. So when we have our moments of teenage brain, we look up and say, “You created me!” With open arms and full of love, He responds, “Yes, yes I did.” Sweet assurance and peace washed over me at that moment. He created me, is refining me into the person He created me to be, all in unconditional love. Thank you, Jesus.
Well, my daughter will be cooking for the next couple of days. We are having cheeseburgers and French fries, Meatloaf and mashed potatoes, Chicken noodle casserole and Chicken Alfredo Lasagna rolls. I’ll keep you posted ( 😉 😉 ) on how it all turns out!
Thanks for sharing a moment with me. We are in this together in Him.