For Sale: Cage Free Brownies…Yum!

Before moving on to today’s post, I wanted to announce the winner of Matt Patterson’s book My Emily. Matt visited The Scenic Route last week. If you missed this post you can read it HERE.  And the book goes to…Lynnette Bonner! I just sent you an email. :)

Okay, now for the some Cage Free Brownies

Every day on the way into town I zip down the highway.  Every day I  pass a sign on the side of the road. For the first half-dozen times I drove by this sign, I was puzzled by what I read:

COUNTRY HAMS
CAGE FREE
FRESH BROWNIES

What end the world?  I would think to myself.  That seems so odd to be advertising brownies in that context.  How weird.

Finally, after reading it the same way on several different occasions, I was determined to slow down a bit to see if what I was reading was really what I was seeing.  And when I did slow down,  when I did finally give the sign my full attention, this is what it truly said:

Oh, brown eggs! I laughed at my mistake.  I guess my chocolate loving mind and eyes were playing tricks on me again.  That and the fact that my morning coffee must not have fully kicked in yet.

This goof up reminded me of  how often we race through life with ours eyes half-closed.  We refuse to slow down enough to examine, to ask questions, and to seek the truth.

If something looks strange or is difficult for us to accept or understand we simply write it off and move on. But what if, instead, we made the choice to give those baffling things a second look?   What if we became committed to living with our eyes completely open?  What if we became willing to investigate those things in life that, on the first glance, look out-of-place?

This event also reminded me of how strange the idea of following Christ looks to someone who doesn’t follow Christ.  It’s like driving by a crazy sign on the side of road and misreading what a relationship with Christ really looks like.   I wonder how a person’s perception might change if they became willing to slow down and really take the time to get to know this guy named Jesus.  When we become committed to looking at things with an  open and receptive heart, then the message will often become clearer.  Then the message begins to make sense.

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
(Jeremiah 29:13 ESV)

Linking up with Jen today over at Finding Heaven.

13 thoughts on “For Sale: Cage Free Brownies…Yum!

  1. Anne

    A few weeks ago, Heather gave us a homework assignment to find a “Life Verse” that we’d felt God had given to us. The verse(s) I chose were, Jeremiah 29:11-13. Since I did that, I’ve seen them almost everywhere I’ve turned!

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  2. Tracy

    Hi Eileen – such great encouragement to read the sign properly already :) i know in my haste I miss a lot. Great post Eileen
    God bless
    Tracy

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  3. Heidi

    Too funny Eileen! Great insight though… as usual my friend! I remember my perception and opinion of Christians before I was a believer and never thought I’d be like that… but here I am and I’m so glad that God got my attention and slowed me down long enough to see the the Truth. Blessings… have a wonderful Tuesday!

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  4. Shari Miller

    Thank you for stopping by today, and for your kind words. I loved your post. I am so guilty of looking at things with my eyes half closed. Thanks for the reminder to make sure I see the big picture!

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  5. Jenifer

    Ooh Eileen…LOVE this. I am guilty of looking at things party way. It also made me think of how non-believers, as you mentioned, make this mistake because they just don’t understand Christ. I have seen this over and over recently. Great encouragement.

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