As kids we loved going to the grocery store with our Grandfather. He was an older man and he walked really slow. I mean… really slow. So, it was our routine to take his list and go through the store collecting the groceries for him. My brothers and I would have his whole list complete before he even made it to the second aisle.
What do you call those coupon people? You know… the people who collect sale papers and compare the prices at every store… *thinking* … well, I don’t know what they are called but my brother, Robert, was one of them.
Robert knew the prices of all the produce and meats at every store. He would tell ‘Grand-daddy’ which store had the cheapest products and Grand-daddy would go to whatever store Robert told him to go to.
He loved County Market and SafeWay. Those were his top two stores. I loved going but I loved going for a completely different reason. Because Grand-daddy walked slow and never could keep up with us it gave me and my brothers ample time to steal grapes. Yep, we used to put one in our mouth and walk away. We’d go to another aisle and pretend to search for something on Grand-daddy’s grocery list but would eventually make our way back around to the fruit section to steal another grape. When Grand-daddy found out what we were doing he gave us a royal thrashing of words!
I couldn’t understand why he was so angry. EVERYBODY stole grapes in the super market. It was a very common thing. These big juicy looking seedless grapes are sitting right in front of your face. C’mon those stores know what they are doing. They prop ’em up there and the produce sprinklers keep them nice and moist. There is perfect lighting right above them so they stand out in the aisle. They are subliminally calling your name saying “Come taste me!” If you walk away they will scream at you… “Taste me and see if I’m good!”
There’s no way around it. You have to pop one in your mouth really quick before anyone sees. Instantly, you’re going to buy a pound of them because they are just that good. One taste is all you need and I believe the stores know this too. That’s why they leave them out in the open. They know if you taste one you’ll buy the whole bag and will come back again for more. Most stores don’t even care about you sampling the grapes. When you know your product is good a sample is just good bait.
Most of us have been in church all our lives. However, going to church doesn’t mean you have truly tried God. Trying God means eliminating all other options and completely leaning on Him. It means you’ll have to turn from the things that please your flesh and completely give yourself over to Him. His Grace and Mercy is sufficient but you have to be willing to try Him one time. When you see the response you get from completely trusting God no doubt you will try Him again.
Psalms 34:8 (KJV)
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.