Ever had one of those “epic fail” days? I know I have. Just the other day, I set out to run errands. I planned what I needed to do, to shop for, and how to get where I was going. I stopped by my church to check our food pantry supplies to see what was needed. I couldn’t get in because the air conditioner that sits outside the door was being replaced and the new unit was sitting directly in front of, or should I say, up against, the pantry door. So much for that plan…
My next stop was Michael’s to return a defective hole-punch I needed to make gift tags for my son’s wedding. The friendly sales clerk asked if I had the original receipt (I did) and for the credit card I used to make the initial purchase. I didn’t have it with me and received a gift card instead. Not really a problem because I needed to find supplies for a new “tag plan”. As I searched up and down the aisles for the various items I had in mind, they all seemed to have disappeared since I was in the store just a few days before. They had reset the craft section in the days between my visits. Asking the previously helpful sales clerk yielded no results. Neither she nor her fellow sales associates had any idea what I was looking for. This was a BIG problem. I knew it meant that an additional trip to another store for these items was in my future, but wouldn’t it get done that day since my day had already been planned.
Next item on my agenda was to find a collapsible cart to use for the upcoming food drive at church. I had my Bed Bath and Beyond Coupon in hand (couldn’t believe I remembered it!), but at the last minute decided that I would just head to Wal-Mart (which according to their website had the item I was looking for) since I needed other items from there anyway. I felt I would probably get it cheaper at Wal-Mart even with my 20% discount in hand. Spent quite a while in the store looking for the cart as well as the other things on my list. When I couldn’t find the cart, I asked a sales associate who sweetly told me that yes, they used to carry them, but pulled them from the shelves two weeks ago. Fail. I then moved on to the craft section, knowing without a doubt, that I had seen replacement blades for my paper trimmer there (one of the things I was looking for at Michael’s). You guessed it – the slot where they were before was empty! Oh, the progress I was making. I did however, remember, to pick up a pack of tortillas for dinner (this was not on the original agenda and I was so pleased that I remembered).
Ok, off to Wal-Green’s to pick up a prescription. After waiting a very long time, the pharmacy clerk advised me that the cost was going to be significantly higher than I paid when I had the same prescription filled at a different drug store just a month ago. I then asked for the prescription to be canceled and transferred to the other store. Guess what? You got it… it didn’t happen! I also needed to pick up some vitamins and luckily grabbed the last bottle of my preferred brand. That felt sooooo good!
I had a choice. I could be angry at all that had gone wrong. I had been out for several hours and had not accomplished my goals for the day. I was tired and it was very hot (living in South Florida is not always “fun in the sun”). Or I could be happy that I had remembered that we needed tortillas and I did get the last bottle of vitamins. On this day, I chose to focus on the positive. Although it was an “epic fail” kind of day, I realized that in the grand scheme of life, the “fails” were really just inconveniences, not a sign that I’d lost favor with the Almighty. In fact, God seemed to use these “little” things to remind me of the abundant blessings given to those who trust in Him. In this case, God used tortillas and vitamins to bless my day.
Good and Gracious God, thank you for showering your blessings on those who trust in you. Do not let us faint or grow weary when things go “wrong.” Grant that we may see blessings even on “epic fail” days. In the Name of Jesus who gave all so we could be blessed with eternal life we pray. Amen
Blessed big (and little),
Here’s a little fun to remind you how big we are blessed . . .