On Saturday, as we were all feverishly getting ready, about an hour and a half before the guests were to arrive my mother exclaimed, "I don't have any sternos!" I rolled my eyes in disbelief. How could she forget the sternos?! For those of you wondering what a sterno is, it is the "canned fuel" used to heat the chaffing dishes that hold the food. When my mother cooks for large events we pull out the chaffing dishes for presentation and practical use - keep the food warm.
No one likes cold food at a party!
She called one of my sisters and asked her to pick up a pack since she was on her way. My sister called back twenty minutes later to report one store didn't have them and another store's prices were so ridiculous she refused to oblige. She didn't have a member's card to get them from the Club where my mother usually bought them, so I volunteered to go get them. I still had quite a bit to finish up that last hour, including making myself presentable.
As I was driving I kept praying, "Lord, please redeem the time." I knew how much I needed to get done in the small amount of time that was left. To my surprise, a 10 minute drive only took 5 minutes. No, I didn't speed. I found a parking space almost immediately and it was not far from the entrance.
I had asked my mother before I left where the sternos were located in the Club. To my surprise, they were exactly where she said they would be. As I walked to the cash registers I said the prayer again, "Lord, please, please redeem the time." It was Saturday and I was expecting to see ridiculously long lines. I even contemplated giving my sob story of cold food and a party to begin with in the hour so that I could get ahead of the line - after all, I only had one item. Once again, to my surprise, each line only had one or two people in it. I chose one and got out quite quickly.
As I was driving back, I said again, "Lord, please redeem the time." When I was down the street from the house, I realized I had been gone for a total of 18 minutes. God had certainly redeemed the time. I was elated. I thanked Him for caring about the "little" things we go through and how He honors our requests even when they seem insignificant.
As I was celebrating this small victory, I realized that when it came to the big stuff, I have gotten away from trusting and being at rest that He cares about everything that is going on in my life - big or small. I smiled even bigger and said aloud, "Okay, You got me. If You care about getting me back in time to finish up preparations for a baby shower - that means You care about the big stuff I've been waiting on too!"
Sometimes, we've just got to get back to the "basics" of trusting and having faith to be assured that God is listening, He still cares and He is working on our behalf - even when we cannot tangibly see it.
"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." (Matthew 10:29-31 NIV)
Just Around The Corner,
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