My Smoothie Debacle

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

This was one of my memory verses from Sunday school. I have had this verse hidden in my heart for many years. And this week the Lord brought it to my remembrance during a comical situation.

Here is the whole embarrassing story. I did not sleep well the other night. I was still very tired when I had to get up and go to work the next morning. I got up and got ready to go. I went to the kitchen to throw together a smoothie to drink on the way, because I didn’t leave myself enough time for breakfast. I didn’t turn the overhead light on. The night light on the microwave was on and I thought that was enough.

I grabbed some strawberries and peaches from the freezer. I got some OJ and yogurt out of the fridge. I put my ingredients in the blender. At the last minute I decided to add some coconut. I grabbed it from the dark pantry. I bet you can see where this is going.

I added the “coconut” and quickly poured my smoothie into cup. I put the lid on and ran out the door. As I started drinking the smoothie on the way to work I noticed that my coconut was really hard and not sweet. I was still so tired and had trouble even thinking through what the problem could have been. I drank the smoothie because I needed breakfast and the hard coconut seemed edible.

I made it through work and came home. I took my cup to the kitchen and put it in the sink. I started to clean up the mess I left from morning. I put the yogurt cup in the recycling and the empty strawberry package in the trash. I picked up the coconut to stick it in the pantry and noticed it was rice! The hard, not sweet coconut was uncooked rice!

I started laughing out loud. How stupid. The rice and coconut were sitting near each other on the shelf, in similarly colored bags, and both were closed with wooden clothespins. I just grabbed the wrong one in the dark. I made a mistake because I couldn’t see. It would have been so easy to prevent, just flip a light switch. I neglected to use the resources and power at my finger tips.

Psalm 119:105 came to my mind. God’s Word lights my way. How many preventable errors do I make because I don’t flip the switch? In the Word of God we find the power that floods our world with light, just follow Jesus. “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). If I walk in the light, follow Jesus, then my life (and smoothies) will be sweeter.


Thank you, Jesus, for using simple things from my day to remind me that you are there and you care about me. Thank you for communicating with me through your Word. Thank you for reminding me that life can be even sweeter as I walk in your light. You are so good. Help me to continually access the power and illumination you have freely provided. Let me walk in the light and not in darkness.

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