|I snapped this picture of fresh loaves right before I tried to|
hijack the bakery owner's car!
Did someone say, coffee?
At the end of my weekly Moms In Touch meeting yesterday, one of the lovely moms in attendance and I decided we would go grab ourselves some coffee and fellowship before coming back to the school to help with the lunch program. As we walked out of the front doors, she gestured to her car which was close by and we quickly departed. Once at the wonderful bakery where fresh loaves were baking and being shaped into Rudolphs and such, we settled down to a table to chat and share all, as women so enjoy doing! Since we had already prayed for our children and shared those concerns during our MIT time, we were ready to discuss our hopes thoughts, ideas and dreams for us. Like, ourselves. You know aside of the Mom role. You remember what that is right? Repeat after me, "I am more than a Mom". OK, very good! It was a rich time, as we talked about her involvement in a dance ministry, and school classes, my Inspiring Women Series and blog as well as how we balance the dreams God has put in our hearts with home-life, husbands and responsibilities. The time just flew, people! Well, my friend was going to head out for a walk, as we had about an hour more before we both needed to return to school, and since I was in clogs I would just hang at the coffee shop and return- after some journal writing and a few more swigs of coffee.
Have you ever actually had a dream where you were awake? I am not sure what side of the bed either my friend or I woke up on yesterday, but that conversation must of dazzled us right into obliviousness.
Oh, where did the time go, I got up to leave and hop into my blue Honda CRV, sure enough it was where I usually parked, in the front. I opened the door and sat in it. It looked different. Hmm. That was odd. When did I put that Yankee Candle Mistletoe air freshener up? I kind of froze in the seat and peered into the bakery through the windshield. Keys in hand, I knew something was just not right. Realization hit me like a bird-dropping from out of the sky. I jumped out of that black CRV and stared at it in shock and disbelief. What was in that coffee? I ran right back into the bakery where the car owner and I got a laugh (what a relief, she was not calling the police for the loony getting into her car right outside in broad daylight). But that wasn't the worst part, right? I mean who was more oblivious my friend who left or me? I still had to get to the school in about 10 minutes and it would be a thirty minute walk. The bakery owner's mom offered me a ride. Initially I refused. Oh, pride is such a silly thing, isn't it? The three people present at the time were the husband and wife who owned the bakery and one volunteer helper, a mom! The mom's son owns the bakery. It's his wife's car I almost stole. By accident.
So You Think God Does Not Have A Sense Of Humor?
By now between the amusement of the reality of the morning set in. I had been abandoned at the bakery, had attempted to drive off in a stranger's car and had no cell phone number to call my friend. This all struck me as hilarious and caused me to giggle. And panic. Um, I did still have to bundle and serve the hot lunches to the classrooms within 30 minutes. Yes, I did graciously accept the ride from the bakery owner's kind mom. We had a lovely chat (naturally) as we drove to the school and I was very grateful! My fellow mom friend returned to the school, obviously still oblivious, as she walked by and I waved to her. "Helloooooo, remember me?" The look on her face was priceless. Well, the laughter that we shared was good medicine. The kids got their lunch, just a few minutes late. I could not stop laughing about it and sharing the bizarre story throughout the day. I mean really, who is this oblivious? That's some serious coffee.
God's Smile and Lesson
Later as I pondered where I would file the day in the memory banks of my mind, I wondered what God was up to? What did He want me to see in the circumstances. It seemed so random and silly. I know God often speaks to me and teaches me from the circumstances but really, this was ...just ridiculous. Then I realized God was smiling on my life. He was meeting me in the day and He does get a giggle with me. I don't know if you realize this but God does have a sense of humor. He shares it with me and I assure you He can be very funny. But He is never random. Or sarcastic. But He is in laughter and sometimes uses humor to minister to me. Thankfully I do not mind having a good laugh at myself either. Even if I look like a thief temporarily!
The lesson: I was in a dilemma yesterday and it was because of someone else's action. Though at first it seemed like I had been forgotten, God had not forgotten me. He had it all worked out just to send me a memo:
Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you!
Plus, he also told me to lighten up in my current circumstances. Don't tell me God doesn't have a sense of humor, because I know He does. Indeed!
Maybe you also need to know that God has not forgotten you, in your current circumstances, friend?
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter
and your lips with shouts of joy.
A joyful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.