I misplaced only two things during our recent move across town: my shoes and my Bible.
Actually, it was more than two things, but all the shoes were in one giant box because I thought it was a good idea at the time. Of course the box wasn’t marked “shoes” because who marks boxes for a quickie cross-town move?
My daughter-in-law does, and it was her baby stroller or toilet box or some other box from their recent move into which I had dumped all my shoes, boots, and purses. I just couldn’t remember exactly what the picture was on the outside, but I was fairly certain it wasn’t the box she’d marked “Food” or “Clothes.”
Padding into the cardboard forest in the garage Sunday morning in my slippers because I’d had enough foresight to set them aside, I felt like Lucy pushing through the coats in the Wardrobe.
One round through the box maze and still no shoes. I returned to the spare room that would soon be an office and dug through stacks of books looking for my Bible. I had an entire shelf of Bibles already unpacked, but I wanted my Bible. And I really needed shoes because that morning I was scheduled to play on the worship team. Pink fluffy slippers weren’t going to cut it.
God tapped me on the shoulder with His wonderful sense of humor:
“And having your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace …”
The only two things I needed He’d rolled up nicely in one phrase written a couple thousand years ago.
Like He knew.
After one more prayer-filled excursion through the garage, I located the baby-stroller box labeled “Towels” dead center, right under the overhead garage-door opener. I draped myself over a stack of plastic tubs and pulled out the first thing I could reach: red boots. Fine. I’d wear black jeans.
Sometimes we’re not as prepared as we think we are.
“In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps.”
P.S. I found my Bible two days later in a bag of important things I’d brought into our new-to-us home so I’d know where to look when I needed them.
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