Recently Claudia and I attended a lovely wedding and were looking forward to the reception at the Fort Myer Army Officers Club. When we arrived at the gate, they asked for our IDs. I pulled out my driver’s license; Claudia’s had left hers at home. No room for a bulky billfold in her a small evening purse.
The first glitch of the evening.
No way were they going to let us on the post, so we turned around and headed home to get Claudia’s ID.
What should have been a 30-minute drive wasn’t.
We missed a turn (thanks or no thanks to Google Maps) and ended up in Washington, DC. Feeling very frustrated, we got back on course and headed home. We have a love/hate relationship with Google Maps. It’s great when it works and gosh awful when it doesn’t. One bad turn already that evening, but amazingly, after retrieving Claudia’s driver license, Google got us back to Ft. Myer in record time.
But… second glitch of the evening—we were at the wrong gate. We needed to be at the one on the other side of the Pentagon – another three miles away. Finally, we made it to the Officer’s Club. Now we were really late, so I dropped Claudia at the door.
A few minutes later, just as I got to the elevator, a couple carrying the wedding cake got on. (Can’t be too late, huh?) Suddenly the lady exclaimed, “I have to go move the van!” and exited just as the doors closed. How cute is this? Me, a guy, and the wedding cake! I pulled out my phone to take a picture when I saw a look of panic on his face. “I can’t hold the cake! It’s too heavy! I’m doing to drop it!” His arms were shaking as I grabbed the other side of the cake. We carefully got out of the elevator and carried the cake to the first table we came to. Relief!
Later in the evening, Alexis and Dirk cut the cake. All was well; the cake was there in one piece.
So why am I telling you this story?
Because many of the frustrations we experience in life, like delays getting to the reception, aren’t really about us. If we had been a minute earlier or later, and if I had not been on that elevator, the guy would have dropped the cake for sure!
But, it’s not just about the cake. There’s a deeper lesson here. God is in control. If He wants to use you to save a wedding cake, He can do that even though you have no idea what’s happening. And think about this, If God can save a wedding cake, what can He do for you, if you just put your trust in Him.
That’s my takeaway. Trust God as you go through your days; let Him direct your path and who knows what adventure He may take you on.
Looking back do you see times when the Lord used you to “save the cake” by being there at just the right time for a friend or loved one?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart. And lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3: 5-6
By David Arp, MSW
Husband to Claudia, Dad of 3
Grandfather to 10
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