Buy the Book. Eat the cookie. Buy the shoes.

by juste buzas

Image by David Lifson
CC BY-ND 2.0

I was browsing through the cookbook section at my local library’s used book sale when a title caught my eye.  A cookie book.

I pulled it from the shelf.  Instead of a baking book however, it was Joyce Meyer’s book, Eat the Cookie…Buy the Shoes.  I smiled at the misplacement of the book, thinking that a more fitting title for the book’s misfiling could be “Bake the Cookie…Eat it…then, Buy the Shoes.”  I chuckled and turned to find the book’s proper section.

Mid-turn, the Lord spoke to me.  He said, “This isn’t an accident.  Buy the book.”I stopped and stared down.  Joyce Meyer’s smiling face stared back at me.  In one hand, she held an enormous chocolate chip cookie.  In the other, a pair of red pumps flung joyously over her shoulder.

“Why?” I asked incredulously.  This didn’t look like the kind of book I wanted to read.

The Lord overwhelmed my doubt with a rush of Himself.  He said, “I want you to buy the book, and I want you to read it.  Juste, don’t you know that I am a part of your every-day?”

I stood there, frozen.  Time was suspended while I absorbed my Father’s words.  I flipped through the pages of the book while held in the fuzzy reality of God’s presence all around me.  The book contained themes like:  “Celebrate You”,  “Give Yourself Permission to Lighten Up”, “You are Worth a Little Waste”, and “Give Your Soul a Vacation”.  I felt the Holy Spirit nudging a lesson into my spirit.  God was pin-pointing a place of weakness, and He was inviting me to grow beyond it.

Tears fell.

God knows I’m pretty tough on myself.  Living freely as a King’s daughter is a central theme of my Christian walk; however, God knows that I sometimes struggle to fully grasp the reality of my identity in Him.  Not only was my loving Father calling to attention a place in which He desires to heal me, He also was reminding me of His ever-present presence in my every-day life.  I was speechless with gratitude.

Know this; God is an active and vital part of your life.  He is intricately involved in your “every-day” too!  If God can prompt someone to misfile a book on a book-sale shelf so that I will find it, buy it, and read it; He can surely speak and lead you too.  Our job is to simply pay attention.  I could have easily ignored God’s voice and prompting.  But, oh, what a blessing it is to stop, look and listen.  God knows just what we need and when we need it.  He truly is part of our “every-day”.  Ask God to tune your ear to His quiet leading.  I pray that you will be blessed as God reveals the many ways in which He is weaving Himself and His purpose into your “every-day” life every day!