And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28, KJV
The baby was sick and I had a 4:45 p.m. follow-up with the doctor. I definitely wouldn’t have time to cook a full meal that night. Therefore, I decided to get a rotisserie chicken for dinner while on my lunch break. I would also get lunch at the same time. I purchased the chicken for that night along with a simple $5.00 meal. I was excited for lunch and my stomach rumbled with hunger. I walked to the char. My lunch on top of the chicken. I opened the car door. I sat down. I watched my lunch slide to the floor. Only one piece of pasta remained in the plate. My eyes opened wide and the deepest long suffering sigh escaped my mouth. If I went back inside the store I would be late and I also needed to clean my car. I decided to clean my car and I felt totally defeated. My long day would be amplified by pangs of hunger. As I drove back to work I started to laugh. Maybe, I wasn’t supposed to eat that food anyway. Storm clouds gathered in the sky as the afternoon progressed and by the time my work day was done a thunderstorm was roaring outside. The appointment had to be cancelled and I went home slightly hungry but not ravenous. The baby was better and we would follow-up later in the week.
It would have been easy to sit in anger the remainder of the day. It would have been easy to curse and let frustration destroy my mood. Moments like these require us to reframe what is happening. We must look at it in a different light. Maybe those few minutes in the car saved me from an accident. Maybe the food was spoiled and I would have been sick.
The Holy Spirit can move in unknown ways and we must be open to looking at the positive. Today a situation might seem overwhelming and you see no hope. Allow the Holy Spirit to reassure you that better days are coming.
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