Whoa! My friends, I had a close call! Have you heard the phrase “What you don’t know can’t hurt you”? How about “Ignorance is bliss”? Not true!
Let me tell you how grateful I am to walk with a God who knows and sees everything and is watching out for me. This story is going to go a little bit backwards because I have to start with this…
The amazing news I’m really excited to share is that we’re here! We have moved into our new home!
To all who have been reading, praying, supporting, and encouraging along the way, thank you! It is astounding that I posted Part 1 of this Amazing News series just 26 days ago. It has all taken place within 1 month!
So much has happened! My head is totally spinning. God was not kidding when He told us He would step in and work once we stepped out in faith. He made the impossible possible, thought of details we hadn’t considered, and even took care of the finances. And to top it off, He winked at me.
Well, not a literal wink, but this thing He did – this thing I’m fixin’ to tell you about – it was as if He tipped His hat and winked because He’d done something only He could do, and done it just because He could. Do you know what I mean? Have you seen Him do that before?
We took two days to drive from the house we left in California to our new home in Arizona. At about the half-way point, we stopped at a hotel to spend the night. Our minds were in a million places.
We were wondering if we’d done everything we were supposed to at the place we left. We were thinking about all there was to do in the place we were going. Mostly, we were acutely aware of our valuables, which we had with us for safekeeping.
I brought my computer bag into the hotel. In it, I had my personal laptop, my iPad, and my work computer, along with some important papers and such – things I wanted to keep in sight. I set it in a little closet-like nook. I also put my dog’s bed there, because it was out of the walkway in our small hotel room.
We didn’t sleep well. Truth be told, we hadn’t been sleeping well for a couple weeks. Overactive minds are hard to quiet, right?
We were sportin’ a fairly substantial sleep deficit as we went through the motions and checked out of our hotel room. As I was putting the dog in the car, something didn’t look right. His bed was missing – I’d left it in the room!
I went back to the front desk, got a new key, and returned to our room. When I got to the closet nook, sure enough, there was the doggie bed. And my computer bag!! I had no idea I’d left it! I sat down on the bed, clutching the bag for a second. My heart was pounding, my mind racing.
Thank you, Lord! He reminded me of the doggie bed and sent me back to the room. And there, He handed me something much more valuable, which I would have left behind.
He was a loving Father just doing something nice for His kid. He didn’t impress on me that He was teaching me a lesson or that He wanted exceeding praise, although He sure got that – and is still getting that from me! It was just a gesture – a wink and a smile. It left me feeling blessed, loved, and so relieved!
If I had gotten all the way to my new home before I realized my computers and important documents were missing, I would have had to go back immediately. That would have been an additional 12 hours of driving on top of the 12 we were already doing. And that is IF they would have still been there for me to go back and claim.
I’m not kidding – my fingers are shaking as I’m typing. That could have been disastrous! My work computer, especially, would have been very problematic to lose.
The rest of the trip was relatively uneventful. We did listen to a very good audio book, called Doing Life with Your Adult Children, by Jim Burns. I recommend it. I think it’s tagline, “Keep Your Mouth Shut and the Welcome Mat Out” is perfect.
I’m pinching myself – we’re here! New home, new town, new opportunities. And, praise God, old computers!
Walking with Him is an adventure! Sometimes He leads us through hard things. Other times He blesses our socks off.
He teaches us. He disciplines us. And occasionally, He winks. He does something that only He can, incites awe, and lets it be. Those moments prove how much He adores us.
What I didn’t know (that my computer bag was left in the room) could definitely have hurt me. My ignorance was far from bliss! But God!
He is omnipresent – He is everywhere.
He is omniscient – He knows everything.
He is El Roi – the God who sees me.
Tell me some amazing news you’re excited to share. Has God taken care of you recently? If nothing comes to mind, be on the lookout – sometimes I think we just miss it.
When we’re focused on things going wrong, we tend to skip over what is going right. Oh, my precious friends, there are things going wrong, but so much is going right! I can’t wait to hear what God is doing in your life!
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart for sharing this month with me. Thank you for reading and participating in these Amazing News stories. It has been really exciting to share them with you.
I know writing them helped me gather and settle my thoughts. I hope God was glorified. I pray you were encouraged.
YOU have been prayer warriors, cheerleaders, and support persons of the most incredible kind. God bless you! You are precious and you are loved.