A trip to the dry cleaners, which was the first in over four months was a novelty and I went along with the hubby for the drive. While waiting for him to take the laundry in, I saw a well known corner shop and thought spontaneous shopping – why not spend this time to buy some fruits and salad for our dinner.

As far as I was aware, the brand is the same as I know the bigger store to be, so armed with my telephone for payment, I got a shopping basket and went picking the items I required. The pay-point I discovered when it was payment time was self service. As I got to the available machine, I looked back and realised that the queue was building. I processed the first item, only to realise that it seemed more expensive than I knew it to be. It didn’t feel that much out, so I didn’t mind until I attempted to process the second item and saw that it felt ridiculously pricey. I tried to call an assistant for help, but there was none around, I looked back and there were impatient shoppers behind me, not knowing what to do: do I drop the item and just take the bare minimum products? What do I really do now?

I decided to go ahead and just bear what I consider, the unnecessary spend. I then again tried one more product and again that seemed much more expensive than I was used to in my superstore. By this time, I had a queue behind me,  hubby waiting ‘impatiently’ and a non responsive shopping assistant. All the above led to me making a decision I was not happy with – which was, just get on with it and pay for the items in your basket without holding people up any longer. I paid for the items and left the shop feeling cheated. I also had questions in my heart, what should I have done? Dropped everything and walk or do as I did, which was to tell myself, “I am not going into that shop ever again”.

As I considered this issue afterwards, I realised that there are times in life when we find ourselves in circumstances that call for our decision making and we still walk away wondering if we ever made the right one. Some circumstances are more pressing and have greater consequences than my shopping scenario.

We daily make decisions and I thought to share a scripture with you on decision making and the help available to you and I from the word of God.

“The Lord says, I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8

So, coming back to my grocery story. I did get home and enjoyed the fruits and salad at the appropriate time; but made up my mind that I wasn’t going to buy things in that shop anymore. Was I happy about my decision to still go ahead and buy when I felt cheated…well, maybe and maybe not. I guess that doesn’t matter now, all that matters is; my spontaneous decision to go shopping was a costly decision for me and I will not put myself in that situation again.

And for you, always remember that God is still in the business of leading and directing His own. It does not matter how far you’ve gone in the decision making process of life, you can always trust in Him to help you whenever you call upon Him for help.

God is on your side!

5 replies on “WHAT DO I DO?”

This was a good read. I was thinking to myself ‘she should’ve just left the items and walked away’ but I remember countless other times when I was feeling the pressure of time and other people. I too have made decisions which, well, still haunts me today. I guess it’s all about trusting and depending on God regardless of the situation- no matter how small or big. Thank you.

Very profound Pastor B. It reminds me of myself. I have been in similar situations in the past. Thank you for that reminder of God’s word in Psalm 32:8.

???, yes PB
That’s what I would have done if I’m in your shoes,
We just have to go on with our decision believing God is backing us up.

The fruits may be expensive but it serves its purpose, you enjoyed it ???

Ha! I’ve been in that situation a couple of times . I have on one occasion done exactly what you did and paid for over priced items. The other time, i picked the basket retuned the goods to the shelf and walked out thinking no harm done. I lost no sleep over it. ?
On the occasion I felt compelled to pay for over priced merchandise, I consoled myself saying the shopkeeper needed my purchase to balance his books and keep afloat. That made me feel better. ?

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