“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:11
Have you ever wondered why things happen the way they do? There have been countless times, when things go badly, I grudgingly ask, “why?!” God has good reason to allow things to happen. One Sunday Morning, I was thankful for something going wrong.
Every Sunday, before church, I go grocery shopping at two stores. One Sunday morning, I put cash, allotted from my budget, in my pocket. Usually, it goes straight in to my wallet, but I thought my pocket was deep enough not to worry. Also, I just had a car accident, where someone hit me from behind and I wasn’t feeling so great. (It turns out I sustained a concussion from the accident, so I definitely wasn’t well.)
At the first store, I did my grocery shopping. When it was time to pay, I reached into my pocket and my $100 bill was not there! Reluctantly, I paid on a credit card. However, I decided to go home to look for that $100 bill instead of going to the second store.
By the grace of God, I found the $100 bill on the floor. I put away the groceries and went back out to the second grocery store with that cash secured in my wallet. I did my shopping and asked for help out, since I was starting to be in some pain.
One of the clerks at the store went out to the car with me. As we exited the store, one of his co-workers was coming back from her meal break. He said, “you will not believe what happened when you were out on break. I will catch you up when i come back inside.” Anyone would have their curiosity piqued by that comment, so I asked him.
He told me something sad happened. He began to tell me about an elderly customer that always comes into their store. I interrupted him and said, “does he wear glasses and looks homeless?” He said, “yes, but he isn’t homeless. He just died in our parking lot about 30 minutes ago.” He started to describe what happened. Thankfully, he spared me most of the medical details. I told him to take it easy because he witnessed something quite traumatic. After he put the groceries away, he went back into the store. I got into the car and began to cry.
I was sad because he died so suddenly and traumatic. But I heard the Lord say, “this is why I let you temporarily lose that $100 bill.” If I didn’t lose that money and went grocery shopping at this second store, I would have seen the whole thing unfold. I am in NO way minimizing his death. But the Lord knows us so well. If I witnessed this man die, I would have been anxious for weeks, maybe months.
This event happened a week after September 11th. I have read lots of stories where people who worked in the Twin Towers in New York, who were late or didn’t plan to work that day. Whether it was because they hit traffic, their child got sick, or they had to go to the dentist because of a toothache, these things saved them from death or injury. I know realize that even though things don’t go according to my plan, God still has the best plan for me.
Lesson Learned: Nuisances can still be a blessing in disguise or a lesson that needs to be learned.
“Dear Heavenly Father, forgive for wanting life to be easy and perfect all the time. Thank you for days when they go well and even when days do not. May I see that your plan is always better than my plan. I pray for a hedge of protection and your full armor everyday. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”