I’m not a fan of forwarded e-mail – “Why You’re Like a Pumpkin to God,” or “Cats in Costumes” – no thank you. I’m lucky enough that my friends and family realize this and rarely pass them on. This one did happen to squeak through, though, and it is one of the few I really am glad I received.
The Little Things
As you might remember, the head of a company survived 9/11 because his son started kindergarten.
Another fellow was alive because it was his turn to bring doughnuts.
One woman was late because her alarm clock didn’t go off in time.
One was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike because of an auto accident.
One of them missed his bus.
One spilled food on her clothes and had to take time to change.
One’s car wouldn’t start.
One couldn’t get a taxi.
The one that struck me was the man who put on a new pair of shoes that morning, took the various means to get to work but before he got there, he developed a blister on his foot. He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid. That is why he is alive today.
Now when I am stuck in traffic, miss an elevator, turn back to answer a ringing telephone – all the little things that annoy me – I think to myself,
This is exactly where God wants me to be at this very moment.
Next time your morning seems to be going wrong, you can’t seem to find the car keys, you hit every traffic light, don’t get mad or frustrated; it may be just that God is at work watching over you.
I know there’s a lot of controversy about this message – just Google the first line of it to see all of the complaints – but I think it’s a beautiful thing to think about when you’re likely not thinking your finest thoughts.