This past week, a Pay It Forward challenge simply fell into my lap. While I was getting my eyebrows waxed (okay, TMI alert) with my sister at a random hair salon, I ran into this woman who I’ve seen running around the same park I do. At first, we exchanged those uncomfortable “Do I know you?” stares, but then I decided to take a risk and ask the lady if it was indeed her. Fortunately I escaped what could have been a very awkward conversation because it did turn out to be the stranger from the park! Soon, I found myself unraveling my entire life story, including where I go to school, what I’m majoring in, and of course, I threw a plug in for the best town in the state (Wilsonville) where Grandma Addy resides! The entire time, she was completely engaged in our conversation, and I could tell she was a very genuine, caring person. So, I told her that if she ever needed a workout partner for motivation for the upcoming swimsuit season, she could run with my friend and I anytime. She took me up on the offer, got my phone number, and off I went with my newly shaped, snazzy looking eyebrows. 🙂
I walked out of that salon completely elated. But, to be honest, I was a little perturbed at the beginning of my visit because the salon had the pokiest workers I’d ever seen, and were understaffed. My sister and I had to wait 45 minutes to get our eyebrows waxed, of which time I think I wasted at least 15 minutes complaining. Remember when I said patience is a virtue? I think I have some work to do in that department.
But, when I left, I just smiled because I realized that the entire time, this was God’s plan. If I wouldn’t have had to wait, I would never have encountered Carlena (the stranger). For some reason, God wanted our paths to cross. Why? I’m not completely sure yet. But, I’m already grateful because I know that His plans are far better than mine. He kindled the beginning of a new friendship, and who knows what it will lead to. God is extremely wise, and is constantly crafting blessings that we can’t even begin to comprehend. But in the end, His timing is perfect and so worth waiting for! With that, I have to share a wonderful e-mail my friend sent me about God’s timing!
Me (in a tizzy) : God, can I ask you something?
Me: Promise you won’t get mad?
GOD: I promise.
Me (frustrated): Why did you let so much stuff happen to me today?
GOD: What do you mean?
Me: Well I woke up late,
Me: My car took forever to start,
Me (growling): At lunch, they made my sandwich wrong and I had to wait
Me: On the way home, my phone went dead, just as I picked up a call
GOD: All right
Me (loudly): And to top it all off, when I got home, I just wanted to soak my feet in my foot massager and relax, but it wouldn’t work. Nothing went right today! Why did you do that?
GOD: Well let me see….. the enemy was at your bed this morning and I had to send one of my angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that.
Me (humbled): Oh…
GOD: I didn’t let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that might have hit you if you were on the road
Me (ashamed): …………
GOD: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick and I didn’t want you to catch what they have.
Me (embarrassed): Oh…..
GOD: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give a false witness about what you said on that call, I didn’t even let you talk to them so you would be covered.
Me (softly): I see God
GOD: Oh and that foot massager, it had a short that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn’t think you wanted to be in the dark.
Me: I’m sorry God.
GOD: Don’t be sorry, just learn to trust me………in all things, the good and the bad.
Me: I WILL trust you God.
GOD: And don’t doubt that my plan for your day is always better than your plan.
Me: I won’t God. And let me just tell you God, thank you for everything today.
GOD: You’re welcome child. It was just another day being your God and I love looking after my children.
Scriptural References: II Samuel 22:31, Proverbs 3:5, Hebrews 2:13
Let’s all vow to try to adopt this new perspective when things don’t go as we plan, because chances are, God’s interceding on our behalf!
Have a blessed Easter weekend!
P.S.) Love the message within this song by Randy Houser!