Today was one of those days that didn’t go as planned. It wasn’t a bad day; in fact I can see God’s hand in it all. The day started out normal. I woke up at 6:30 wishing that I didn’t have to get up and get ready. At 6:42 I realized I had to get up or I wouldn’t be able to leave on time to pick up Alyssa. On the way home after picking Alyssa up my mom’s cell phone rang; it was my brother-in-law. His van’s alternator was having problems so he decided to have his van fixed before it decided to stop running altogether. So, it was decided that after we ate breakfast we would go pick him up from the garage.
Part of the plan for the day was to go grocery shopping. We needed to get groceries sometime this week, but with the bad weather that is predicted we decided that we better shop today. Since Mark needed our help we weren’t sure how we were going to work it all out. We thought about taking him home or letting him borrow one of our cars, he even said that he would go shopping with us if he had to. Not wanting to put him through the torture of shopping with us we decided to help him avoid that at all cost. Finally, it was decided that he would stay at our house with Alyssa while we did our shopping. It felt a little weird leaving them at our house, but it was nice to not have to get Alyssa in and out of the car seat during our multiple stops.
With Mark staying at our house I left my car (that is where the car seat was) here so he could go somewhere if he wanted to. When mom was trying to get her car out of the garage, the door didn’t want to open correctly. She finally got it to open all of the way, but we noticed that the trim around the garage door was buckled and that the track for the door was bent. With the ground freezing it raised the concrete floor of our garage just enough to bend the brackets holding the door track. We manually closed the door and then left.
The shopping went well…it was actually quicker than I thought it would be. When we got home we made Alyssa take her nap, Mom and I ate lunch and then went out to work on the garage door. I’m so glad that Mark was here to help us with the repair. Mom and I could have done it, but Mark was a huge help. We had to take the track off of the brackets, straighten the brackets out, and then saw off the track to make it fit. It is now working like it is supposed to.
So, today was a reminder that whatever may come up in a day, God will be there, working all things for good. Not that I will always think that it is good, but He knows exactly what I need before I can even ask for it. It is especially wonderful when He gives us what we need even before we know of the need. Sometimes, when I think about how quickly a day can change, the old fear tries to creep in. That is when I am reminded to trust God. He is faithful. The things that He has promised, He will perform; and one of His promises is that He will never leave me or forsake me. What a great and precious promise! What an awesome God I serve!