August 28, 2013"Tardy to the Party"
Last Friday morning, my husband was staying with my dad, who was in the hospital. Around nine, I called to let him know my mom and I were leaving to meet them. Forty-five minutes later, I had to call him back and tell him I wasn't going anywhere — I couldn't find my keys!
Long story short, I finally found them on the bar, where I never leave them, but I was a little distracted that morning. You know how people say they "found (whatever was lost) the last place they looked?" Well, I never understood that. I mean, of course it was the last place you looked! Who extends the search any longer than necessary? But, I digress.
Although I was frustrated by my delayed departure (and going through my purse 3 times thinking "maybe they're in here"), I do have a different attitude about being delayed than I used to, based on the following experience.
Several years ago (when my boys were still at home), I had a full evening planned after work, as parents often do. Thus, I had everything tightly scheduled: Leave work straight-up 5 o'clock; go to bank and grocery store; fix and eat dinner; be at Little League by 7:00 p.m. sharp! I had everything ready to leave work, but at 4:58 p.m., the phone rang. When I hung up from that issue, there was someone in my office who needed help. These distractions put me (gasp!) 10 whole minutes behind on my schedule. How was I going to make-up those 10 minutes? Grumbling all the way to the bank, I pulled up, got out and hurried to the door, still shaking my head. That's when I noticed all the commotion. I asked what was going on and was told the bank had been robbed "10 minutes" ago.
So, obviously, if I had left on my schedule, I would have been right smack in the middle of a bank robbery! I know it was God's protective Hand that guided that situation, keeping me safe from trauma and perhaps harm. In fact, I often see similar scenarios in my life, since now I know to look for them — from being spared from accidents, to being in the "right place at the right time" to help someone else.
So I was thinking …
My attitude about "delayed departures" has changed. That doesn't mean I'm blaming God for my ineptness at keeping up with my keys! But, I know He is looking out for me, especially when I can't accomplish what I want, no matter how hard I try. So, the next time you're "tardy to the party" despite your best efforts, look up. Maybe God is trying to tell you something.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9
©2013 Phyllis Knight