Reason to SMILE #26: PERFECT TIMING (a/k/a GOD’S TIMING)
I was on a mission. I needed 40 boxes of crayons for goodie bags for children displaced by the SW Georgia storms and I needed them ASAP. I thought I knew the best place to go to find what I needed at a great price but I was alone and a solo trek to Wally World would not make my husband happy. (I have a muscle disorder. Wally World is such a big store and always has a crowd. If something happened causing me to fall, I wouldn’t be able to get up easily. He’s just looking out for me! I love him for it but it gets annoying – especially when I have an immediate need to shop! 😉 )
I set out for the closest office supply store. I walked through the school supplies aisle and spotted the crayons. What? They wanted how much for one box?? I left that store as fast as I could. My next stop was one of those dollar stores that seems to be on every corner in South Georgia. Surely they have crayons at a reasonable price. I found 4 boxes.
“This is crazy. I don’t have time to check every dollar store,” I thought. I had to get back to my church to organize all the donations for the goodie bags. I finally decided that I would have to make my husband angry and go to the store that he had forbidden. It was for a good cause. Surely, my husband would understand. (I wasn’t about to call him about it, though! It’s easier to get forgiveness than approval, right?…I know – that’s a horrible mantra!)
Still trying to be a good wife, I called a friend as I was making my way to Wally World. There was no answer. “C’mon!” I thought. “I really need someone to go with me.” Realizing I was on my own, I began to pray. “Lord, you know I want to be a good wife and honor my husband’s request but I need 36 more boxes of crayons. When I get there, can you please provide me with a parking place close to the store so I can get in, get what I need and get out?” (I suppose I thought a short visit would be more acceptable. I don’t know. Maybe I just pray crazy things when I’m stressed.)
I arrived at Wally World and circled the parking lot 3 times. Guess what. There was no close parking space. I had already decided that if there wasn’t a parking spot up front, I wouldn’t go in. So, I sat in my car trying to decide where to go next. Then I looked up and saw another one of those dollar stores right next door which I had forgotten.
I parked my car near the dollar store and walked in. I made my way to the aisle where I thought I’d find crayons and I found something even better. Standing right before me was another one of my friends and her daughter shopping for coloring books for our goodie bags. WooHoo! (I wanted to shout but I didn’t. That would have been weird. 😉 )
It turned out that my friend left the dollar store and went straight over to Wally World. I didn’t find crayons where I was so I gave my friend a quick call. Rather than me walking over to Wally World to join her, my friend offered to check for the crayons I needed. She didn’t find what I needed but because God put us in the same place at the same time, I didn’t have to be a bad wife! 😉
How awesome is our God! He provides over and over for us. He may not provide how we think He should – I wanted a front parking spot at a store that I just knew had what I needed – but God always provides. And His provisions are right on time – I found those 36 boxes of crayons at yet another dollar store and at an awesome price! I even made it back to the church in plenty of time to get all the goodie bags organized.
At the end of my shopping trip, I sure was tired but I had a great reason to SMILE!
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