While standing in the check-out lane at the grocery store, I watched the young lady who was robotically scanning labels and punching in price codes for fruit and vegetables and with meticulous organization, bagged each item that I was about to purchase …she never turned her eyes away from that task.
To be honest, I wanted her to hurry-it-up and not to be so careful with the bagged lettuce and carrots. It didn’t matter to me if produce was mixed with dairy or if a jar of tomato sauce was placed in a bag with paper napkins.
But I stopped that impatient urge of aggravation to notice her. To appreciate her methodical and calculated process of scanning and bagging food.
So I spoke to her: “Hey! Thank you so much for organizing this chaos of food and stuff! I guess you have been standing here for a long time already. How’s your day going?”
WOW! Her comments almost brought me to my knees. She looked up at me with clear eyes and a beautiful smile. “Thank You!” was her reply.
She proceeded to tell me about her day as a cashier (I will never take grocery store cashiers for granted again) and she gave me a peek into her family. She is also attending a community college and working for a better life for her children. Our conversation continued as I shared with her some tidbits about my family and the peace that God has given me through the trials I am facing. I noticed that she slowed down scanning food. She slowed down organizing the bagging procedure.
She felt that I wanted to listen to her…and she wanted to listen to me.
I continued to compliment her, to praise her work ethic and striving to succeed for her family…and I sweetened all of that with nuggets of God’s grace and the peace He gives to them that search for all that. And while we chatted, the strangers standing in line next to me had their ears opened and eyes watching us, with pleasant expressions on their face.
So you see, we are all searching for sanctuary. A better place to be.
The photo I shared of this post is of a sanctuary, a photo of the interior of a grand and humble church. Perhaps it’s the image you may think of when you consider where to go for sanctuary. But sanctuary can be found wherever you are.
I discovered sanctuary while standing in line at the grocery store talking with a stranger about God’s love and grace because God was with me…with both of us.
She is searching for sanctuary. I am searching for sanctuary.
Our deepest and most enduring peace and happiness…a sanctuary–can only be found in God.