Do you trust that God is sovereign in your life?
I knew today was going to be challenging. That’s why when I was praying with my kids in the carpool drop off line, I gave an extra sincere plea for God to help me. My week had been busier than normal. A scheduled weekend left no time for the weekly grocery run and my work, kids, and a traveling husband made a grocery trip too hard to attempt during the week. By the time this morning rolled around, there was no food left to pack for my picky kindergartener to eat for lunch. Weeks ago I had signed up to help with an art project at his school, so I figured I could do a quick run to Kroger for a Lunchable and bring that to him along with the violin my third grader had forgotten that day!
Before 8 AM my computer was open and I was responding to work emails. I emailed a couple of reports I had written to our office administrative assistant for her to print. Soon thereafter I was surprised to discover my Client wants the reports printed and submitted today. On the way back to school I called my office and was told that the office assistant was off, and it would be up to me to print and deliver the reports. Oh and I had to get all of this done and back home by 2:35 to grab the kids off the bus!
The school art project was a success and lunch and the violin were delivered, so I began the commute from Madison to my workplace in Brandon. My office is located next to a very active railroad, which inconveniently separates me from my office. This morning I was stuck waiting on the train. Once at the office, I hastily finished up my work, and while waiting for my Client to sign, I went to a deli to grab lunch. I sat there for a long, long time until I finally asked an employee about my order. It was lost. As I sat on a bench waiting for my lost order to be made, a total stranger next to me started a conversation. Today is the anniversary of his sister’s death, and he wanted to talk about it. A drug overdose many years ago took her life, leaving behind five small children, a husband, and a grieving brother.
The lost order debacle wasted over an hour of precious time, but I was headed back to the office to grab the signature pages I needed to finalize my reports. And again….the train! When the train passed and I made it to my office, I grabbed all I needed, wrote a cover letter, and headed out to deliver my documents to downtown Jackson. I dropped my documents downtown and made it with 2 minutes to spare when my kids arrived at the bus stop in my neighborhood in Madison.
I immediately turned the car back towards Jackson in order to make a 3:15 allergy appointment for my older son. There was a wreck on I-55 and I just crawled down the interstate. I called a friend to vent my frustration of this day. I detailed all of the trains, the lost lunch, and the really tight time constraints. She said, “Wow, God is really watching over you today.” I caught myself making a face. It felt like God had no part in this crazy day.
We made it to the allergy appointment only a couple of minutes late (I count that a win!). When I was finally able to settle down that night and regroup following the chaos, I scrolled through my Wednesday Women’s Bible Study GroupMe texts and saw an entry from Lori Moody. It said in part: “God goes with us. Even when you feel your attention has to be somewhere else, He doesn’t feel neglected. He knows.” I reflected on those words and what my friend had said to me earlier in the day about God watching over me. She was right – God really was with me today. I had prayed for God’s help that morning but allowed fear to creep in. The lost lunch, the overactive train…..it’s as if God put those obstacles in my way to say, “Slow down. I’ve got this. You asked for My help, remember? Do you trust Me?” My sinful nature had grabbed control and forgotten my power source. God met all of my work deadlines and appointments, provided lunch to one child and a violin to the other, used me to talk to a stranger about his sister, and bonus…a kid I have been tutoring in Algebra made a 95 on his test! God doesn’t wrap up every day in such a neat package, but He does promise to work all things for our good – whatever form that may take.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
-by Laura Rounsaville