Have you ever had one of those days? You know what I’m talking about. One of those Murphy’s Law “if it can go wrong it will” kind of days. Here is but a snapshot of a two hour stretch I experienced yesterday.
Park in a COSTCO parking lot. I grabbed the cart next to where I parked. I NEVER grab a cart in the parking lot but this time I did. All was well until I had to make a sharp u-turn to retrace my steps on one of the aisles. The cart needed the space of a battleship to turn. I should have switched carts right then, I didn’t. By the end of that shopping trip I think I had pulled every muscle in my back trying to maneuver that cart around the store.
I made a “quick” trip to Chic-fil-A for a dinner run. I’m not a big fan of the dual drive thru lanes. Kind of feel like I’m back in elementary school preparing to race my classmates around the track. I pull up to the speaker. I take a quick glance at my competition in lane one before I’m interrupted by the girl working my lane, “Could you please wait for one minute?” I said sure. The girl working the other drive thru lane was busy at work. She took the order of the car next to me and then she took the order of the car behind him – wait a minute, Houston we have a problem I thought. By the time my teller came back about 4 other customers in lane one had in essence “cut” right in front of me.
I made it home to see a flower arrangement on our table. I had ordered flowers for my wife but I have to admit, I didn’t recognize the arrangement on the table. I mean the flowers I ordered were beautiful. The flowers delivered looked like they fell out of the back of a truck on the interstate and were run over a couple of dozen times! Did I mention they were supposed to come with a box of chocolates? Well they were and of course they didn’t.
I unloaded the groceries while my daughter and wife ate. But they didn’t eat because Chic-fil-A forgot to put the chicken on my wife’s grilled chicken sandwich! How can that happen?!?! I couldn’t help but think somewhere there had to be some dude filling his face with MY chicken and chocolates.
So what is the lesson in all of this? “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (I Thessalonians 5:18) Give thanks I live in a country overflowing with grocery stores stocked with food from the floor to the ceiling. Give thanks I live in a city with more drive thru restaurants than many countries have hospitals. Give thanks that flowers are everywhere and not bombed out, charred buildings and yes give thanks that a grilled chicken sandwich without the chicken is not the only meal my wife will get for the entire week.
See you at the finish line!