Did you ever have one of those days when things just seem to work out just fine?
Yesterday was one of those days for me.
I got moving toward the airport a little later than I intended but wasn’t too worried about it because I was confident that I’d allowed extra time in my plan, so I expected to be OK anyway.
Then I ran smack into Chicago traffic. I had given myself about an hour for the drive to O’Hare, but I really expected it would take about 40 minutes. I had no idea there would be so much traffic at 6 AM on a Tuesday morning!
I knew I wanted to fill up the tank before I turned the car back in because I didn’t want to get soaked paying the rental company $5 a gallon for a less than full tank, or some such. Fortunately on the highway I was on had an Oasis right before the airport exit so I could take care of that issue.
I was on a toll road, and that whole thing was a bit of an experience. Periodically they had toll booths on the highway and the toll each time was the nice round figure of $0.80. I’m not sure why they chose that amount. Fortunately for us out-of-towners the toll booth operators seemed to have a sufficient reservoir of dimes and nickels to give us change back from each dollar I gave them.
The trick was the booth at the O’Hare exit. There is no operator at that exit. It is cash only, exact change required. But you have to be a bit of a detective to figure out how much the toll is because the only place it tells you is a little sign on the toll collecting machine itself. It happened to be $0.80 too.
So there I was frantically searching through my pockets to see if I had enough dimes and nickels left over to pay that one. It took me a couple moments, much to the frustration of the guy behind me leaning on his horn. Oh, and there is no way to get a receipt to turn in with the expense report.
Sometimes you just have to take one for the team.
The whole drive to the airport thing made me think that the day was going to be a challenge all the way around.
But I was totally off on that score.
Even though I totally blew my time allotment on the drive, everything else went as smooth as silk. It took me only about 30 minutes to return the rental car, get the shuttle to my terminal, check in with the airline, and make it through the security checkpoint. Sha-zam!
And my flight was about 30 minutes delayed taking off so I had plenty of time.
The connection in Charlotte was perfect. I walked of of one plane, down the same concourse about 5 gates and right onto the next plane right before they closed the doors and we were off to Savannah.
My bags were among the first out on the carousel in Savannah and Gorgeous didn’t even have to pay for parking. She timed it so she just drove around to the curb and picked me up!
There is a Proverb that says
How can we understand the road we travel? It is the LORD who directs our steps.
And it is easy to feel good about the thought of God directing our steps when things are going well like they did for me yesterday. But what about when things don’t go according to our plans? What about when things seem to be falling apart?
Check out this tidbit from Psalms
If the LORD delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
God’s got it under control whether we are in the middle of a raging storm or we are experiencing smooth sailing. For me that is a very comforting thought.
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