“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 NIV
Have you ever had a day that seemed to go on, and on, and on, and on. . . ? Well, let me tell you about one day in my crazy life! First of all, I missed my wake up call. Every school day, Cason gives me a wake up call to get our day off to a good start. Welllll . . . I missed his first, second, and third calls this morning. I don’t have any idea what was wrong with my phone! That was not a great way to start my day.
Next, I needed to go to my church and work on the bulletin. I knew it would take about two hours to complete, print, and fold the bulletin because I only had a few more changes to make. I needed to leave in time to make it to a lunch date with my sweet daughters and granddaughter. We were celebrating Emily’s birthday. After several delays, I got to the church, finished the bulletin, and went home. I knew I needed to get gas, but I thought I had enough to make it until after lunch. This is when things became a comedy of errors!
I forgot Emily’s birthday present and had to turn around and go back to get it. Of course, I had forgotten something else but would not realize it until much later. I kept looking at my gas gauge and praying God would let the gas last until after lunch. While we were waiting on our meals, I discovered I didn’t have my phone. I ran back out to the car, but it wasn’t there either.
Now, that wouldn’t be a big deal, but my money and credit cards were in my case. After one of my daughters called my phone, we decided I must have left it at home. We finished our meal and said our goodbyes, and I headed home. In just a few minutes, my low fuel light came on, and I began to get a little alarmed. Not only did I not have my credit cards or money, but I had no way to call for help. Did you realize if you don’t have a phone in your car, the Bluetooth hookup does not work? No! Surprise, surprise! Now, I keep loose change in my cup holders, but can you picture me with all those pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters trying to pay for gas for a Jeep Grand Cherokee? My cup holders don’t hold that much change! I usually keep some MAD money in the car, and I believe it is time to start back with that habit. I made it home, found my phone, and drove to get my car filled up with gas. I believe it was almost bone dry. It took what seemed like forever to fill that tank.
When I arrived back home, someone had taken pity on me and mowed my forest! Thank you Jesus and the Good Samaritan who saw a need and did a good deed! Shortly after that Lisa delivered Cason to me, and I was so happy because if I had been responsible for picking him up, he would have still been at school. As he came in the door, his first comment was, “I need you to take me home to get some clothes, which was his code for, “I need my phone!”
After taking him to his house, I remembered I had placed a grocery order at Walmarts which was supposed to be picked up between 1:00 and 2:00. It was now 3:40. Ohhhhhh, my goodness! We quickly started toward town! I looked over at Cason and said, “I am so sorry.” His reply was, “Why are you sorry?” I just wanted to give him a hug. His next comment almost made me cry, “Mimi, you always make me happy!”
To make a really long story short, several other things happened during my day, including a broken jar of grape jelly, making a new friend, shopping with my sweet daughter, and several other incidents. However, the most amazing thing was through it all, I never lost my “cool.” In fact, God managed to give me several moments of joy and peace through the actions and reactions of those with whom I interacted throughout the day. I realized that all I have to do is keep my eyes, ears, and heart open to the opportunities that are right in front of me.