I walked in a snowstorm to get cream cheese today.
I must have been mad. One of my good friends was coming over for a long overdue tea, and I was desperate, DESPERATE, for a jalapeno popper dip. My desire was such that I stuffed my feet in snow boots and wore dubious looking green pants and wandered–practically into traffic–to get some cream cheese. It was the only thing I needed to make the dip.
See, every time I envisioned my friend and I sitting down to talk about our research, I could see her taking a tortilla chip and tucking into this perfect, jalapeno popper dip. I kept muttering to God about how I was content with everything in my fridge; I really should have made that cinnamon bread, or some curry chicken. But I stuck with the vision that I had. Which meant that I had to brave a storm and traffic to get what I needed.
By the grace of God, 7’11 actually had cream cheese. If I didn’t have on seven layers of clothes, I would have done a praise dance that would have brought down another foot of snow.
Today, I thank God for small things. I thank Him for giving me a vision for how my afternoon tea should have gone. I thank Him for a 7’11 that had cream cheese. And I’m thankful that I did what I had to do to make the vision come true.
As I navigate life, I realize that our words and our dreams have so much power. Envisioning what I wanted, and working towards it was so important. I would have praised God even if I didn’t get the cream cheese, and laughed about the experience. So often, we have to keep the vision alive, brave a storm, just to get something that is waiting for us.
The small victory today taught me a big lesson: I should never give up hope.
And you know what? The jalapeno dip was absolutely perfect. Here is the recipe: http://www.closetcooking.com/2009/03/jalapeno-popper-dip.html?m=1
God will use anything and anybody to remind me of how awesome He is. I stay in love with Him, for real.