Grocery Store Grief


My daughter and I stood there dumbfounded at the drama that was ensuing at our local Whole Foods grocery store. No… there wasn’t a gunman or a roof collapse; no car had driven through the front plate glass window and no one was having a heart attack. This was a highly vocal tantrum from a clearly distraught woman who, by all appearances, could have been my twin. My ‘twin’ was publicly losing her mind in front of the entire cushy, upscale market. Why? You may wonder. The spectacle was because her order wasn’t ready. The nerve. “YOU are here to serve ME and I want it now! Don’t you know how important I am?” Clearly someone had forgotten to take their meds that day

shutterstock_208484806.jpgMaybe I watch too many movies but all around me, everything seemed to be occurring in slow motion. People whispering amongst themselves, some staring in disbelief and others just plain gawking. This was just your run of the mill side show. “Nothing to see here. Crazy woman on deck. Can’t be bothered. Don’t get involved. Let’s get out of here. ” No one came to the aide of this woman or the employee dealing with her for that matter. In that zip code, I would have thought a security guard or two would emerge. No manager, no one. I suppose no one wanted to be “put-out”. Including me.

At the time, it didn’t even occur to me to try to help. Not my problem. I was covered because I said a quickie silent prayer, “Lord, please help this woman.” (Done!) But it didn’t even cross my mind to step in, come alongside her and try to bring her comfort or calm her down. Why didn’t I recognize that I could have comforted her and/or the store employee? Was it because I started my day with the news on and didn’t even take five minutes to pray about what God had in store for me this day? Hmm…

shutterstock_283528430It took me almost 24 hours to figure out what was nagging at me. Then it hit me and I went to my daughter and said. “Oh my gosh, we should have done something for that woman.” Without flinching, my daughter said, “I know, I was thinking the same thing.”

I behaved no differently than anyone on a reality TV show and should have known that as a believer in Christ more is expected. The Christ that asks us to love one another as he did when he walked the earth and to this very day.

When we ask the Lord, “What’s the plan?” We should be prepared that the answer may require our participation.

Luke 10:27 says “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.”

We are the plan. We are to love our neighbors. Even when it’s not a pretty scene. Think about this as you go on with your day.

“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, “It is more blessed to give then to receive.” Acts 20:35


“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2


“God often tests our hearts by asking us to serve in ways we’re not shaped. If you see a man fall into a ditch, God expects you to help him out, not say, “I don’t have the gift of mercy or service. While you may not be gifted for a particular task, you may be called to do it if no one who is gifted at it is around. Your primary ministry should be in the area of your shape, but your secondary service is wherever you are needed at that moment.” Rick Warren – “We Serve God by Serving Others.”

3 thoughts on “Grocery Store Grief

  1. I’m continually inspired. Thank you for your enlightenment shed on the need to integrate faith in the dramas of everyday living!!!!

  2. Thank you, Christy!

    What a good reminder to follow God’s “Golden Rule.” Jesus tells us, “Love one another, as I have loved you.” His command reads so simply, but think about what our world could look like if we all tried just a little harder to follow it each and every day with every person we meet.

    When I imagine this, the lyrics of the great, Louis Armstrong come to mind, “And I think to myself…What a wonderful world…” Lovely!

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