Friday, December 17, 2010

Lessons From the Edge

God's agenda is best.

Last week at work I got caught up in my agenda, and forgot that God may have something else in mind.
We were having a brownie sundae fundraiser for the local food bank and I was busy serving sundaes to the residents. I had a volunteer helping me, and a couple of staff members were around, too. But by the time the event was over everyone had 'disappeared' and I was left alone to put things away and clean up.
I went about my business wondering why this thing - which wasn't even my idea to begin with - ended up being 'my job'. To say I had a grumbling spirit would be a fair evaluation. It was time for me to go home, and I just wanted to be on my way.
But there was 'this' which needed to be wiped.
And 'that' needed replacing.
Not to mention 'the other thing' which had to be put away.

But - finally - everything was finished, and I was ready to leave.

On my way out, I saw C - another one of my favorite residents. (How many favorites can you have before 'favorite' loses its meaning???) She looked upset so I asked if she was OK.
She wasn't. And she told me why. It was a situation I was able to help resolve and we took care of it quickly. Honestly, the thing she needed me to do wasn't a big deal to me - but it meant the world to her. And I was so glad I could help.
As I walked out of the building I reminded C that I love her, and I was glad to help. She smiled her sweet smile, and my heart was delighted.

It was while I was driving home that I realized the timing thing. If I hadn't been delayed with cleaning up things from the fundraiser, I would have left Edgewood before C's circumstance arose. In my rush to be finished, I would have missed the opportunity to serve her.
How many times has my haste stolen the chance to be a blessing???
At that point, I became confident it wasn't my co-workers who abandoned me to do the work by myself. It was God who was slowing me down so I could love on C.
Mmmm. I LOVE it when He steps in and overrides my agenda.

Because God's agenda is best.

P.S. I'll be taking a blogging break until the new year. Will be back January 3. Wishing you a very merry CHRISTmas!



Patricia/NYC said...

Merry Christmas, Karen! And may you be bountifully blessed in the New Year!


TheUnSoccerMom said...

LOVE it when God reveals even the tiniest of His plans like that.

I was delayed yesterday on a trip and I found out why when I was almost at my destination. I was traveling to Atlanta in the early morning and if I would have been "on time", I could have been in an accident. My exit was closed b/c of the accident. Black ice was the culprit.

He also sent me an angel in the form of a parking attendant who let me park without paying (I forgot my parking $$). She trusted me to pay her before I left. Without God working through her, I would have been too late for my appointment. :o)

I pray you and your family have a VERY Merry Christmas!

BASSakward Tales said...

these are the kind of moments i miss about working with senior citizens...i tried to go back to the nursing home where i worked to volunteer and visit some of my more cognitive was just too hard...i cried all the way home...don't know if i will be going back to work...interview went great but the company has decided to hold off until the beginning of the year...had another potential employer blow the wind right out of my one more hanging out there, but at this point i am not too hopeful...i am hoping that i will see God's agenda for me like REAL SOON cause i am failing miserably right now...hope your family has a wonderful are a blessing...

Wendy said...

I love when God interrupts our agenda to make way for His own. I love it even more when we have eyes open enough to recognize it. :)

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Karen, and blessings in the New Year!

Sara K. said...

I just love God's divine appointments! Oftentimes they disrupt *our* schedules, but His timing is so perfect! :)

Merry Christmas, Karen!

LisaShaw said...

Thanks for sharing with us!

Came by before I get off line until the 30th to say Merry Christmas to you and your family and a blessed New Year!!!

Love and blessings!

Jerralea said...

Good point! This really made me think: "How many times has my haste stolen the chance to be a blessing???" I'm so guilty of being too busy!

God bless and have a wonderful Christmas and New Year's.

KarenW said...

Thanks for the reminder! Happy New Year!!

Edie said...

I loved reading about your divine interruption and looking forward to some of my own. :)

I pray God pours out the richest of blessings on you and yours through-out the New Year.

Much love to you my friend!