It’s that time again.
Time to go shopping. I’m running low on supplies.
I get in my car and head to the store.
I have my list ready but know I’ll probably add to my cart as I go through the aisles.
I have a love/hate relationship with Sin Mart. I know I’m going to end up going even if it’s for something small like an unplanned, but needed, white lie.
But I don’t like spending time there.
Sometimes my list is longer than I realized and I can’t seem to get to my last item.
I always feel heavy-hearted and worn-out while I’m there.
Today on my list I have only a few things:
– Instant Anger
But as I wander the aisles I realize I need to get a few other items as well. They’re too good to pass up:
-Holier Than Thou
-Insubordination to my Father
As I quickly walk to the check out, i try not to make eye contact with the fellow shoppers.
Yes, I know they are here for a reason, but I don’t want to be seen or recognized while here.
I choose my checkout lane and look in my wallet to make sure I have enough cash.
5 half-hearted ‘I’m sorry’s’
10 apologies with real guilt
2 ‘why am I still struggling with this’
That should be enough.
The cashier rings up my purchases as I get my keys out.
I hear Him say ‘It is finished’
and I look up to see what I owe. It says ‘Paid in Full’.
I turn back and ask how that is possible.
He looks at me and smiles.
With welly eyes, He holds out a scarred hand and says
I love you.
I’ve always loved you.
I want to protect and provide for you.
So I came with a valuable currency, one which the owner could not refuse
I have paid for your sins now and forever.
Because you belong to Me,
You will never pay for your purchases here again.
Let me take your sins from you; you do not need to carry their burden any longer.
I look down; tears dripping on to my now-worthless money.
All I can do is thank Him and walk away
leaving my sins at His feet.