Love In A Parking Lot

Anyone who knows me knows that when I love, I love hard! That could be anything from people to snack cakes. If you’re my people, I love you, and you know it. You never have to wonder how I feel about you. The same goes for things I enjoy! If I’ve found a favorite lipstick, chances are you’ll hear about it. If I’ve found a new favorite tv show, the world will know. If I like something I want others to enjoy it too! People close to me know that three of my favorite things are makeup, margaritas, and pizza. This past weekend, a couple of them got to witness my love for snack cakes.

We don’t keep sweets at our house. After finding out my husband, Steve, was a diabetic I stopped buying them. I didn’t want to tempt him by eating his favorite things in front of him. It’s good for me too, not to have that junk around the house. Sometimes though, when I’m shopping, by myself and I’m having a really bad day??? That kind of stuff yells at me from the shelf! “Take me home! You’ll love me! One little cake won’t hurt you! Steve will never know! Everybody does it!” Ugh!

This coffee cake was taunting me in the checkout line. I tried to resist, but the temptation was just too much. I snatched that thing up with a vengeance. I quickly scanned my items, saving the most precious thing for last. I couldn’t run the risk of it getting squished. No one wants a misshapen snack cake! I all but sprinted to the car. I could not wait to tear open the package and take a bite. I gently laid the cake in the front seat allowing it to sun bathe just a bit before I sank my teeth into the sugary goodness. After placing my shopping cart in its proper place, like a decent human being, I sat down in the car.

The package opened easily, as if the cake was just dying to hop into my mouth. Y’all, it was so soft and tasty! It was just what I needed to make me feel better! For about three seconds, I was in my own little world! I had forgotten i was sitting in Walmart parking lot. Thank God my windows are really tinted. People just don’t need to see such things.

When I snapped back to reality, and wiped the crumbs from my face, I decided I would save the other half for the next morning. It would be so good with my coffee! I carefully wrapped the cake, and ever so gently, placed it in my purse. The next morning I wake up, make my coffee, take a few sips and remember the snack cake. The thing is, I couldn’t remember where I had put it! I looked on the kitchen table. I looked on the coffee table. I looked on the cushions of the couch. I looked on my car. The cake was nowhere to be found. Feeling utterly defeated, I finished my coffee and tried to go on with my day. I was determined not to let this get me down! Our friend, Ken, was coming for a visit and I was going out with friends later that night! Despite the disappointment, this was going to be a great day!

I went out that night with some of my favorite people, and had a great time. Although I smiled, I couldn’t help but wonder what had happened to the rest of my beloved snack cake. As we were making our last stop, at one of the local watering holes, I reached into my purse to get my lipgloss. Y’all, it was like the Heavens had opened up and God himself had smiled at me! I found my snack cake! I think I startled my friends when I, very enthusiastically exclaimed, no, I shouted, “MY SNACK CAKE!” I’m pretty sure neither of them had ever seen anyone so excited about a snack cake, or well, anything really. As badly as I wanted to devour it right then and there, I decided to save it for my morning coffee. Plus, what if they’d wanted a bite???

The next morning I was enjoying the first few sips of coffee and telling Steve about our night. He had stayed home sick. Mid sentence I remembered my snack cake. I abruptly sat my coffee on the table, while simultaneously jumping up and exclaiming, my snack cake! I scared Steve to death and woke up Ken. After I enjoyed every tiny morsel of the cake, we had a good laugh about my excitement over a tiny cake.

I got to thinking about how I looked for that cake. How I hunted and hunted, and even after I stopped looking, I never gave up hope of finding my beloved snack cake. Y’all, that’s how God is with us! Try as we might, we can’t outrun, or hide from God. He is relentless in His pursuit of us! He loves us so much! We are human! We will stumble and make mistakes. We can try to ignore God and do things on our own. Sometimes we may even feel as if God is hiding from us. He’s not! Sometimes He’s just patiently waiting on His stubborn child to decide to do the right thing. He is a patient and long suffering God! And for that I’m especially thankful! I’m probably one of His most difficult children😁.

The next time you feel unworthy of God’s forgiveness and grace, remember this…He looks at you with the same affection as I looked at that snack cake!

*“Look at it this way. If someone has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders off, doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine and go after the one? And if he finds it, doesn’t he make far more over it than over the ninety-nine who stay put? Your Father in heaven feels the same way. He doesn’t want to lose even one of these simple believers.” Matthew 18:12-14*

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