For the second time in my recent history I’m delighted for having gone out of my way, when doing so made little or no sense.
I thrive on variety and spontaneity, so there likely have been many such occasions. Always pushing forward, I rarely noticed, so these two instances stand out.
I wanted to drive to the opposite side of town to attend church services with my friend, instead of staying in my neighborhood. With gas prices skyrocketing – again – and some extra expenses popping up this seemed silly. There was no special occasion, speaker or program, I simply wanted to meet my friend at the church we attended together years ago.
Still, by Thursday I made a date with Dear-Old-Friend. By then I had forgotten all about how my tomatoes weren’t ripening and the wilting pepper plants.
Had I not followed my heart:
- I would have missed people bringing their garden surplus to church. I forgot I could bless others by taking the extra fresh, homegrown, organic veggies,
- I wouldn’t have gone out of my way to drop off any of the eggs I’d brought (and almost forgot about) at Dear-Old-Friend’s house, so I wouldn’t have also stopped at the peach grove,
- I would not have had the extra fresh, wholesome food to give to a young family I met along the way – in dire need of it.
That was just this past weekend, but it brought to mind another seemingly crazier decision I made three-plus years back:
Had I not left my home for weeks to stay with my siblings, to be their housekeeper while Sister recovered from surgery:
- I would not have witnessed firsthand the importance of daily covering my family with prayer,
- My younger brother Seagh and I would not have bridged the gap that had formed over the previous years,
- Seagh and I would not have “solved the world’s problems” as we did every few days or so,
- We all would have missed the precious family time we shared for the last time, before Seagh died (four months after that visit),
- Sister would never have gotten over urging me not to come.
Ordinarily I would have resented Sister telling me not to come, rejecting my offer, and stayed home. But knowing she was overwhelmed, frightened and concerned about my situation too, I ignored that particular request.
“So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.” Galatians 5:16 (NLT)
Seeing more of the big picture takes practice – daily. Personally, daily Bible study and prayer helps me meet each day with solid footing and broader, clearer vision. Alright, alright; I manage to deliberately step into my days more effectively prepared about Four days out of seven. Even so, the consistent practice makes for a good way to live.
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28 (NLT)