Sometimes I feel like the shopping is never done. No matter how many times I shop during the week, there is always something else we need. I try to make a list of what we need or what I am cooking because making extra trips to the store causes me to spend money on items I had not intended to buy.
My husband was returning home from being out of town for a week. This had been an extremely busy week for me and I had not been to the store. He stopped by Publix to pick up a few items he needed. He called me from inside the store and asked me what we were having for supper. He was at the deli and was looking at the soup that they had. He decided to get a bowl of soup and a sandwich. I asked him to bring me a chicken breast. He was at the deli, right?
I put together a salad as I was waiting for him to get home. He brought in his suitcase and computer bag and then went back for the bags from Publix. He pulled out his cup of soup and deli sandwich as he prepared to eat. I began to sort through the few things he had purchased looking for the chicken breast I had requested so I could place it on the dinner table with my salad. Inside of a grocery bag all by itself was a package of raw chicken breasts. Raw Chicken Breasts!!! He was at the deli when I asked for a chicken breast!! Why would I have said a cooked chicken breast from the deli? When I asked him why he brought me raw chicken breasts he said “Oh! You wanted a cooked chicken breast?” I said, “You were at the deli!!!” What can I say, I love him.
Do we always communicate? Obviously not all of the time. Needless to say, I had salad for dinner and cooked the chicken the next day. He told me later that he could not find me a package with just one chicken breast so he brought me the package that had eight chicken breasts – 8 raw chicken breasts! Needless to say, I now specify exactly what I want when he picks up something for me.
On another trip to the store, I asked him to pick up a dozen eggs for me and he called me from the store. He said eggs were too hard to buy. He said there are too many kinds. You have small, medium, large, and extra-large. Then you have the store brand and the name brand. Then there is another division for organic eggs. We find that it is easier to FaceTime when he shops for me or I will google the image for him so he knows exactly what I need. My grocery list for him usually states what aisle the item is on and where on the aisle it is located.
As we have grown older together, we often finish each other’s sentences. Sometimes it takes the two of us to remember who someone is or what movie we are discussing. We laugh and have a good time with it. Sometimes it is the next week and one of us will say the name of the person we were discussing or the movie an actor was in. The other one knows exactly what is being said.
Communication is not always easy. When we speak, the words we say may make perfect sense to us and not be easily understood by others.
God communicates clearly with us. God’s Word to us is written in the Bible. It never changes.
Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path”.
Hebrews 4:12 ESV “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart”.
Isaiah 55:10-11 ESV “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”