, Muskogee, OK

Fort Gibson

January 20, 2014

Blessings can be found in bad days

Did you ever have one of those days when you seem to be a minute or two late for everything, no matter how hard you try? I had one of those days last week.

First, I picked up my son from school promptly at 2:40 p.m. so we could go to the Public Safety Office in Muskogee to get his driver’s permit before 3 p.m. when they often stop taking customers, even though the office is “open” until 4:45. But when we got there, the sign said “Closed, moved to 1806 N. York.”

So, on our way to the new location, I caught the green arrow at the intersection of Shawnee and York. But before I could get through the light, a funeral procession went through ahead of me. My son and I could not help but laugh hysterically, not at the fact that someone died, obviously, but at the fact that we just couldn’t seem to catch a break. Could be worse!

We finally arrived at the DPS at 3:01 p.m. They said, “Sorry, we’re not giving out any more numbers (tickets) today.” We did catch a break, though, since I had already called on my cell phone. We sat waiting in the lobby with ticket #59. The lobby sign stayed on customer #49 for over 45 minutes. Half of those 10 customers left before it was their turn. Eventually, the nice, hard-working examiner (the only person working the desk at the new and more efficient location), called out our number, #59 at about 4:10. Hooray!  

We finished up and left at 4:20 to go to the Fort Gibson Tag Agency for part two of the process. But since it closes at 4:30, and we arrived at 4:32, our task then became a two-day adventure. I didn’t mind, since the Fort Gibson Tag Agency ALWAYS does a fantastic job with speedy and courteous customer service, and is well-deserving of going home on time. Anyway, we went home and ate a quick bite so I could get my son to music practice 20 minutes late.

Then, I thought I would take my mind off the day, and do something nice for my wife who teaches second grade and was still in her classroom at 6:45 (This is normal for teachers unless they want to come in on Saturdays and Sundays to get everything done). She needed an ink cartridge for her classroom printer (which she supplies), and some printing labels. I hopped in the car and headed from Fort Gibson to Office Depot in Muskogee, arriving at 7:01. Unfortunately, they closed at 7. Ugh! Thank goodness those kinds of days are the exception!

The other day, I read a Facebook post by one of my friends and graduated youth group member, Kinsey Dortch. Her quote from Solomon put so many things into perspective for all of us. It says, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails (Proverbs 19:21).”

As much stress as I allow myself to feel, ultimately it is God’s will that I am seeking to accomplish, whether things are going “my way” or not. God has His reasons for intervening. Who knows? Maybe God blessed me and my son with a day like that to help us with our patience, or maybe so my son could see how I react to stressful situations as a Christian dad. Whatever the case, God is still GOOD. And at the end of the day, I still have the assurance of heaven. Have a great week!

Reach Barrett Vanlandingham at the Fort Gibson Church of Christ at (918) 478-2222 or barrett

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