Ever have one of those days when nothing seems to go right? Welcome to Thursday of this past week for me. It was not one of my better days. After getting ready and loading my younger two kiddos in the car I went around the corner and picked up two more kids from a family friend that we are doing carpool with. We were on time and everyone was happy. Everyone except for the lady who rolled through the 4-way stop, while I was turning to take the kids to school. She didn't hit me but her road rage sent her into a crazed cussing fit towards me and my little co-pilots. She would have done well to sit in timeout for a little while and check out the rules of the 4-way stop. The good news is she didn't hit my car and we made it out with just a verbal assault.
I dropped the kids off and continued on my journey to Gainesville to meet a fellow worship pastor and long-time friend for breakfast. I was truly looking forward to catching up with this friend. He is one of those guys who challenges me and sharpens me. We always talk shop, share what is going on in our lives and ministries and we laugh together (a lot). He has encouraged and prayed for me during both good and bad times. Well I was about halfway there when my phone rang and it was my wife. When I answered Shae immediately said, "something bad just happened!" I thought....oh no, she must have encountered the lady from the 4-way stop! After dropping our oldest off at school she was heading to an appointment when the van just quit running. It completely stopped in the middle of the road. Engine wasn't running, every light on the dash was glowing and she was sitting in the road. Parked! After a few moments she was able to get it to crank but something was clearly very wrong. It wasn't even 8:15 yet and I was ready to go back to bed. She made it to a parking lot, a friend came to the rescue, the van got towed, Shae was given a loaner car, she made her appointment and I enjoyed my breakfast meeting with my friend. All was not lost.
My Thursday was just the cherry on top of an already stressful week, I'll spare you the rest of the story. However, I recognize that these two events aren't life altering or the end of the world by any stretch of the imagination. What God did show me in the midst of my not so great morning was He has blessed me and my family with great friends who are ready, at a moments notice, to come to the rescue. We are blessed. I'm grateful for the people God has allowed us to do life with. Community is important. Don't underestimate the importance of having people to share your Thursday morning struggles with. They will likely be the people who walk and pray with you through the difficult days as well as laugh with you through the lighter moments. They will encourage, challenge and love you through life all the while helping you keep perspective and focus on what is truly important. Be grateful for your friends today and take a moment to let them know you appreciate them.
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. - Colossians 3:2
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.