A year ago today...

Do you ever play that game?  Where I was... what I expected that day, or the next?  On this day, March 22, 2014, I was looking forward to Kellie's coming beach wedding on April 5th.  It was a Saturday, so I remember spending much of the day gathering things that we would be taking with us for the wedding and reception.  I headed to church like a normal Saturday to be sure the rooms were ready and the volunteers were all in place for the two services that evening.  We checked the schedule for the next day to check the needed supplies and volunteers.

There was so much to do!  My list was a mile long as we would be leaving the following Friday for our week's preparation for the wedding in Florida.  I actually had a plan for each of the following five days and what would need to be accomplished before our departure.  It seemed overwhelming, but I knew as long as we stuck to the schedule, all could be achieved.

What I didn't know on that Saturday was the unexpected event would come on Tuesday  literally stopping me in my tracks.... that my tracks would be altered to include a boot on my right broken foot, a scooter to try and allow me some level of movement, and the inability to drive to complete each of the five days' necessary errands.

I wish there was some glamorous story to tell.... like I ran into a burning building to single-handedly save a young child and a puppy... nothing so heroic.  Really, I was sitting at my desk and realized I needed to check on the tables for the event we were hosting that evening... my foot was asleep.... I should have waited... I was in a hurry... it would wake up... I should just step carefully... On the third quick step, I did hear the snap, and then I was on the floor...
After a trip to the ER, I wasn't sure who I dreaded telling more... Frank or Kellie?  I felt so very stupid... even now, as I typed this... I still feel stupid... really, who does stuff like that??  I know, several of you are shaking your heads in agreement right now.. "I do, Susan, I know just how you feel!"
My next five days changed dramatically.  Without hesitation, our family and friends jumped in with both feet!!  The packing was accomplished, everything we needed somehow magically appeared just where it needed to be.  I had hoped to lose just a couple of last minute pounds... my dress still fit.  One friend who was "going along for the ride" went from planning to be my right hand to taking on my hands and my feet, and honestly even my brain... thinking for me :).
Today is Sunday, March 22, 2015 - I don't know what tomorrow will bring... or Tuesday, or next weekend.  As I think back to this time last year, on this very day, I would have told you how many errands there were to run, how many things to pack, how many items still to make decisions about, how "I" had so much to do.
There is a verse in Proverbs that I have heard quoted... Man plans... God chuckles.  That isn't really the advice given.  Proverbs 16:9 says,
"The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps."

I did have many plans... needed plans, and no, I don't believe the Lord caused my fall on that Tuesday afternoon.  I do know HE knew it would happen... hey, HE knows the numbers of hairs on my head, HE knitted me together before I was born, HE knows my thoughts... and HE knows what is coming this Tuesday.  I'm so thankful HE does... so I don't have to!  Trust in the Lord with all your heart.  Lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.  Proverbs 3:5-6

Check on my white garbage bagged boot hiding behind Kellie!  It really does 'almost' blend in with the sand!


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