Thoughts on going to the grocery store after work…

…don’t do it.  Ever. 

Was the ice cream buy one, get one free?  Nope!
Wouldn’t one bag of chips suffice?  Don’t think so.
Are those Twizzlers already open?  You betcha! 

I went to the grocery store last night after work to pick up two simple items: eggs and scallions.  Somehow I manged to leave with a plethora of other items.  The Twizzlers were opened before I even left the store.

I have learned this lesson many times: the grocery store before dinner is ALWAYS a bad idea.  I was throwing in all kinds of things I never typically buy: frozen meals, candy, even ice cream that wasn’t on sale…all of my savvy, couponing grocery tactics I pride myself on went straight out the window.

I was hungry and thought the fuller my cart would be, the fuller my stomach would be, so I threw anything and everything into my cart.  On my drive home, groceries loaded, Twizzlers in hand, I couldn’t help but think, “this wasn’t the “more” I’ve been longing for.”   

One of my favorites, Lysa Terkerust, has recently written a book called Made to Crave that I’m dying to read.  In it she talks about satisfying our deepest desires with God, rather than food.  As someone who eats their feelings on a regular basis and relies on food to carry me through the day more than I should, just even hearing the title makes me long for more of God.

Yes we were made to crave, but so often, I seek after everything else.

Are Twizzlers ultimately going to satisfy the longings of my heart?  Will a huge bowl of ice cream bear my burdens?  Does a McDonalds double cheeseburger take away my fears?   As tasty as they may be, they’re ultimately not the answer.

Yes, I want more.  Yes, I was made to crave.  But only One can truly fulfill and satisfy.

You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
Psalm 145:16
Eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Isaiah 55:2