As we ‘speak’, I am writing this post on the way back from my internship in the city. Today was yet another adventure, getting some work done and meeting new people. However, it started off less than stellar….
I am a very punctual person. I live by the philosophy: early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable. Needless to say, I was a little bit peeved when my bus to the city was 20 minutes late. Not that I was on serious time crunch, I just like following the schedule.
So, the bus finally came and of course it is packed with people. I made my way to the back of the bus, climbing over bags and feet, people obviously not interested in clearing the walkway. I had a sneaky suspicion this was going to be an interesting ride, and I was right!
Half way to the city, we suddenly came to a halt, the bus surrounded by trucks and mini-vans eagerly trying to get to their destination. 1 minute…..5 minutes….10 minutes….15 minutes…..20 minutes finally go by when the person sitting next to me stands up and makes his way to the front of the bus. “That’s weird,” I thought, but maybe he was tired of sitting next to me (a curvy girl with a cane and a book bag, I wouldn’t blame him ?). But to my dismay, he came back to his seat, grumbling under his breath about how this just wasn’t his day. First the bus was late 20 minutes, now the bus was stuck in bumper to bumper traffic due to multiple car accidents.
While he was busy cursing and being angry, I was busy giving God praise and recognizing how blessed we truly were. How often is it that two individual car accidents occur within 1 mile of each other? The answer is not too often at all. This was truly a strange coincidence.
As the bus inched up to the accidents, we could see just how severe the accidents were. Both cars were completely ruined! And I pray that no one lost their life.
Again, while my neighbor was complaining, I could not help but think how ungrateful he was. If our bus had been on the road 20 minutes earlier — on time — I’m sure we would have been involved in at least one of these accidents.
I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. We may not like or understand the reason yet, but know “that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Whatever the situation may be for you (work, family, car accidents, etc.), always remember that if it had not been for the grace of God, where would you be?
Until Next Time,