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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Give God a Hand

"Sometimes I think when things are too quiet up there,
You say to Yourself,
'Let's see. What kind of mischief can I play on My friend Tevye?' "
~ Tevye, speaking to God, movie Fiddler on the Roof

Give God a Hand


Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
~ Philippians 4:4 (NKJV)

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God,
to those who are the called according to His purpose.
~ Romans 8:28 (NKJV)

The Lord's having fun with me this week. I'm wiped out, so I'm resorting to another story today. Back to studying Numbers tomorrow.

My hands take hours to get warm again if I drive bare-handed holding a cold steering wheel. The problem is, I can't keep track of gloves. I put them in my coat pocket, but wind up wearing different coats and don't remember which coat I last wore. I've tried keeping spare gloves in the car, but either they're in the other car (we have two I drive), or I wear gloves into the house, then take them off and stuff them in my coat pocket, then forget which coat I was wearing ...

Last Sunday morning was cold. I reached into my coat pocket, and—no surprise—didn't have my gloves. But aha! I've got an extra pair of gloves I bought last spring on clearance. I grab them, rip the plastic tab off, and head out to the car. The first glove is a lefty, so I slip my left hand in. When I go to put in my right hand, I discover I've got another lefty.

The price tags are long gone, I don't remember where I bought these anyway, and so now I'm stuck with two left gloves. I'm driving to church and telling my family that the Lord's got a great sense of humor. He set me up for this one months ago, just waiting for the right time to spring two lefties on me. I laugh and say God is good. At least He gave me the correct (not "right") side, since I only drive with my left hand anyway (leftover habit from police work and driving a stick).

When I get to church I don't want to look silly walking around with one glove, so I toss it in the car and head in bare-handed. No big deal, the time I really need the glove is when driving.

(Do you see what's coming yet?)

So now, I'm heading into winter, and I've got two left gloves, one in each car, that will always be there because I'll never wear them out of the car where I'll look silly with only one glove.

Is our God great or what?

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  1. I suppose he gave you what you really needed. Sometimes He gets down to brass tacks. ;)

  2. Oh yes, God laughs. Not at us, but with us, I am certain. That is a great story, and it is so nice when we can laugh at ourselves and see God as part of the humor. Dare we say that at times he may be mischievous?

  3. God always keeps me smiling, love you.

  4. what's the saying... He only gives us what we need... :o) now both cars have just the one glove for the hand you drive with...

  5. T. Anne, funny thing is that when I bought those gloves I asked myself if I really needed another pair.

    Brad, I hope I'm on good enough speaking terms with God to call Him mischievous because this isn't the first time I've said it. ;D

    Denise, one of the ways He keeps me smiling is sending you into my life!

    Kim, would you believe that even after I wrote this, I switched coats between this morning and this evening, again found myself without gloves, and really did need the left glove still sitting in the car? He really did know what I needed to solve the problem.

  6. what delightful adventures you've had this week! :)

    a friend of mine was visiting from N.CA awhile back, and we were walking the beach talking. i am a collector (of trash, treasures, and even trashy treasures!) and walk with my eyes on the beach at my feet. we came across a strappy black dress shoe and kept walking. a bit later we found another...and they both looked like my friend's size! so we picked up the second one and watched for the first on our way back to my car. there is was!!! we delightedly swooped down and grabbed it!! only to find --they were both left shoes!! :) we laughed, took photos, delighted in God's sense of humor...and left them for someone with two left feet! :)

  7. Sharilyn, it was a fun week. I think the Lord knew I needed it, because it was also an exhausting week. (SO glad it's over. I think I'll be a week catching up on sleep!)

    I'm guessing you never saw a two-left-footed woman or discovered another purpose for those shoes ... :D


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