Last week we desperately needed to go grocery shopping. Our cupboards were almost completely bare and the fridge was nearly empty…except for some extremely old and expired milk and moldy left overs. I really didn’t want to go to the store at 9:30 at night, but I decided my child couldn’t live the next day on sour milk and week old Chinese food. So after some deliberation, I loaded Kaya into the car and off we went to do some late night grocery shopping.
I didn’t have a list prepared so we wondered up and down every isle trying to decide what we needed…which was pretty much everything….and yet when I got home nothing we bought was worthy of making a decent meal…except the shredded cheese.
I’d always turned my nose up at store bought shredded cheese. I thought it was too expensive and pretty pointless. I’d often thought…
“Who in their right mind would pay an extra two dollars for shredded cheese?”
“What are cheese graters for people?”
“It’s just as easy to shred cheese yourself!”
After winding our way through the store for nearly an hour, we finally came to the dairy isle…and of course I grabbed a gallon of milk, some yogurt, and a block of cheese…but for some reason the shredded cheese actually looked appealing!
“Nope….I refuse…not gonna happen,” I thought and began walking away. But as I turned to leave, I had a feeling I should give the cheese a shot. I quickly grabbed the smallest and least expensive bag then darted down the next isle…trying to hide my shame.
For the last week I’ve tried creating reasonable meals out of the random things I came home from the grocery store with. And trust me…it’s been tough because I am not the greatest cook.
I’ve decided there was a good reason I was compelled to buy the shredded cheese. It has been a life saver and a staple! I’ve been able to make all kinds of wonderful things with my store bought, shredded cheese. My eyes have been opened to its true beauty.
Meals that once took much more effort to prepare…. now come together flawlessly! Cheese quesadillas are even more simple…nachos are a snap…and burritos have taken on a new meaning! I feel like yelling from the roof tops how much I love pre shredded, store bought cheese! I feel no shame in admitting it! Next time I go to the store I will happily buy an even bigger bag of the wonderful goodness.
As I was making my chili cheese burrito tonight, my thoughts turned to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I thought of how much I love the Gospel. I thought of how full my life is because of the testimony I have of a loving Savior. Life is still hard…but with the Gospel…my burdens are lightened and I have glimpses into eternity. After pondering for a moment…soon it hit me…the Gospel is a lot like shredded cheese! I know it’s a stretch…but I’m running out of content people.
Many of us may try to avoid prophetic counsel or try to excuse and justify our actions…much like me trying to avoid buying the shredded cheese. But the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the good news! It is life changing and can be the staple to our spiritual diet. When we put the kingdom of God first in our lives, we will feel the heavenly help we all so desperately need.
I’m so grateful that I’ve been blessed to have the Gospel in my life…unlike the shredded cheese I just discovered. But just like the goodness of the cheese, I want to share the goodness of Christ with others. I feel like yelling from the roof tops how much I love my Savior! I feel no shame in admitting it! And I hope I can continue to feast on the things of eternity and love…the things that truly matter.