Yes, one minute things are moving along smoothly
and then all of a sudden
it all changes.
Many years ago that happened to me.
My youngest and I were just talking about it this morning.
It was only a day before Christmas.
Our home was filled with excitement and anticipation.
Family was coming to spend some time together
on Christmas Eve so we were preparing food for the occasion.
As we fixed the lasagna
we talked about the next step in adopting my second daughter
Suddenly I noticed that I needed ricotta cheese.
I grabbed my heavy coat and raced out to the car.
As I glanced at my watch I realized that
even with the unexpected trip
there would be enough time.
I drove to the nearby market.
As I walked out of the store I mentally crossed one more thing off my list.
But I had no idea what was going to happen.
I opened my car door and got in
placing the bag along with my purse in the backseat.
Music played on the radio as I slowly moved my car out onto the lane of traffic
leaving the shopping center.
So many cars.
I stopped at the stop sign waiting my turn to pull out onto the main road.
Sounds of Christmas filled my car
and I hummed along.
Joy to the world the Lord is come.
But all of a sudden everything changed.
Before my eyes I saw two cars collide
and one of those cars was spinning right at me.
Like living through a bad dream I heard the splintering glass
and felt the impact.
And then all was silent.
Slowly I opened my eyes taking in the damage
feeling my arms and legs.
Grateful to be alive.
Sirens blared in the distance
waking me to reality.
Yes, it was the Christmas Eve that our car was totalled
but my life was spared.
Our plans were changed but His Presence was strong.
And except for facial burns I walked away
unhurt and whole.
Thinking back to that night so long ago
my heart rejoices
in His keeping Power.
What might have been a disaster is only a bad memory;
a reminder of His Care and Compassion.
Life can change on a dime.
So as we make our plans this holiday season
let’s commit them all to Him
and rest in His Care.
That’s where the Peace is.
Let every heart
prepare Him room
Peace is ours as we live moment to moment in His Love.