Better Than A Blue Light Special

Jan 2

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 NIV

My mom loves to shop.  Now I know a lot of people love to shop but not like my mother.  Shopping to my mother means finding the absolutely lowest price on the absolutely best product.  If you meet someone in my family and compliment something they are wearing, they are likely to tell you the story of how they got it and what a bargain it was. 

You must understand this about my mother to understand how her wildest dream came true.  K-mart was going out of business.  The store closest to my mom’s house was completely closing down.  On the way home from dinner one night, my mom talked my dad into stopping.  “Everything is 90% off,” she cajoled.  “Fine,” he agreed, “but we can’t stay long.”

My mother took the fifteen-minute allotment my dad had given and ran with it.  In fifteen minutes, she found quite a few items at rock bottom prices.  It was hard to leave, but she did.  Seeing her disappointment at walking away, my dad told her she could come back if he could go home first.  She gladly dropped him by the house and returned to shopper’s paradise.  But she had no idea what was about to happen.

As she walked in the door the K-mart employee told her, “$25 for a cart.”  “No thank you,” my mom drawled in her gracious southern accent, “I haven’t a need for a cart.”  

“Not for the actual cart, m’am. It will cost $25 for whatever you can fit in a cart.

As my mother’s eyebrows arched, somewhere the heavens opened up, and angels brought forth glad tidings.  I’m sure Mother heard the trumpets.  Picture if you will, my curly brown haired mom frolicking, almost skipping, behind the shopping cart as her arms stretched this way and that virtually raking in shelves of knicks and knacks. 

When my math teacher mother had figured out the arithmetical formula for fitting the most items in her shopping cart, she arrived at the checkout – resplendent.  She looked around in sheer confusion at the other shoppers whose carts were less than full. 

Her arrival at home found my dad in his favorite spot, his easy chair.  My mother waltzed in with a bag in each hand.  She returned to the car and got two more.  My dad watched as she went back and forth each time producing more and more bags.  And in my mother’s words, “When I came in with all those bags, I just couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face.”  It was a dream come true.  “ I just kept looking for cameras,” she explained, “I knew I must be on one of those shopping spree shows.”

Friends, God wants us to have a “better than a blue light special” moment, too.  He wants to give you the desire of your heart.  God doesn’t want you to hurt.  That doesn’t mean He won’t let you hurt.  Sometimes, we have to grow from those experiences.  Does my mom find a bargain every time she shops? No.  Sometimes, she looks and looks and can’t find anything.  But, there are days when she has a Paradise in K-mart moment.

God has those moments prepared for you, as well.  Look beyond today, and find joy in what a loving God we have.  Praise Him for loving you enough to provide you something better than a blue light special.    


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  • Christina Jan 2 at 7:51 am

    Wow that was some shopping spree. Yes God does want us to have more then a blue light special. Isn’t that great news.

  • Beth in NC Jan 2 at 12:54 pm

    That is too cute! Wow, what would I grab if I could put everything I wanted in a cart for $25??? I bet she was like a kid in a candy store.

    I love the way you tied it in with God’s desires for us.


  • Kimberly Jan 2 at 1:30 pm

    Oh, Carol…I laughed out loud as I envisioned your mom skipping with joy through the aisles of K-mart. How fun! His love for us is so intimate, so personal…and yes, even so fun! 🙂

    Thanks for this joyful look at His love this morning. You have put a big ol’ smile on this face! God is good and He is worthy to be praised!

  • Chatty Kelly Jan 2 at 1:31 pm

    I’m smiling, that is just the neatest story, and great analogy too. Glad your mom had a great day! I’m jealous I wasn’t along with her, but I know God has a blue light special for me too!

  • Mary Lou Jan 2 at 2:01 pm

    Happy New year Carol. I loved this post. The story about your mother reminds me of my husband. He will search and search and drive even a long distance to get the “best deal” and he will gladly tell people about his “best deals”. This story brought a smile to my face and I can only imagine the smile on your mother’s face. I have a friend who a long time ago bought a completely decorated tree at Christmas at a Blue Light special at KMart. Your comparison to what the Lord wants and has for us was top notch. It will stick in my heart and head because of the Blue Light Special story. Blessings on your week. Tell your mom she has a counterpart in TN.

  • Becoming Me Jan 2 at 11:47 pm

    I loved loved loved loved reading this…for many reasons–hence the overuse of love. First of all, I loved your writing (as usual) second..I haven’t a clue as to what your mom looks like but I had joy imagining her joy, third, I smiled because my local K-mart isn’t looking so hot and I would love for this to happen to me. And most importantly, I loved the truth you added!

  • ocean mommy Jan 3 at 3:34 am

    That is great! You better believe I would have packed that cart full!

    I think it’s so cool that God is waiting to show us something new, or to bless us. How sad it is when we don’t take the time meet with Him.

  • the voice of melody Jan 3 at 7:49 pm

    A full cart for $25? That was quite a bargain!

    Yes, God gives us so much than a blue light special, and thank you for putting it the way you did. You have a beautiful gift with words. 🙂

  • The Stokes Family Jan 4 at 12:37 am

    LOVE IT! I can SO see your mom in this moment!

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