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I Forgot


Tonight was a crazy chaotic night. Well, I should say that the whole day was that way…. At work, I had a mountain of paperwork to overcome before the end of the day. I felt like I would never finish! But I did, and then came the next part of my day.

Time to pick up the kids at school. I felt relieved when I left work because I had accomplished my goal. Then on my way to pick up the kids I remembered my son had a concert at 6:30. That meant that I only had a short amount of time to do homework, laundry, dinner, dishes, and pack lunches. Unfortunately I wasn’t thinking about the fact that the kids were sick for two days. It didn’t even occur to me that they might have make-up homework to do. Back to feeling like everything is out of control…

To my amazement, we got all the homework done, got dinner finished, laundry folded and put away, lunches packed, and dishes washed. Whew! Just in the nick of time. We had 10 minutes before we had to leave. But Josh wasn’t dressed yet… I found out that his pants were a little tighter than they should have been, so we had to wrestle around to get the pants buttoned. And then the shirt just had to be a little shorter than the last time he wore it, so we had a difficult time getting it to stay tucked in. Then Megan couldn’t find her coat. Mind you, the minutes are ticking away ever so swiftly on the clock. I realized that we only had 1 minute left before zero hour….. Josh still had to find his nice shoes… Megan still couldn’t find her coat…. Josh found his shoes, but they weren’t tied very tight, so I had to re-tie them….. Megan still couldn’t find her coat, so we’re chasing around the house looking high and low…. And then I realize that we’re actually going to leave 5 minutes later than we were supposed to. Megan was still without a coat, but it was fairly warm, and Josh the man of the hour was all spiffed up and ready to go. We’re running a little late, but if we HURRIED we could still make it there on time….

As I drove to the school where the concert would be held, I was in a huff and all flustered. Apparently I was only half paying attention to what I was doing because the next thing I knew I drove right past the street that I was supposed to turn on. Talk about adding insult to injury! Like I hadn’t blown it enough already! So there I am making a U-turn to get back on the right path. And then it occurred to me…..

I do this all too often! By this I mean find myself making u-turns because I wasn’t paying attention to what I should have been doing in the first place. Because I let myself get distracted. Because I was focused on what was going on around me, and not on God.

Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”

As I popped that u-turn, it hit me smack in the face. I FORGOT TO COMMIT MY PLANS TO GOD!!! I forgot that I wasn’t alone. I forgot that I didn’t have to struggle so hard with everything that this day brought to me. I forgot that I have a Father in heaven who loves me and is waiting for me to ask for His help.

I can only imagine how different my day would have been if I would have handed everything over to Him and said, “God, I can’t do this on my own. I need you to help me! You know what this day will bring, so I trust you to guide me through every step of it!”

So, Lord help me to not forget. Help me to give you control before things get so out of hand that I finally end up doing a u-turn! AMEN!!


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