A Public Service Announcement of Sorts

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We interrupt this series of  Advent posts to bring you an important Public Service Announcement…

Yesterday, was a day where I felt myself come unglued.  With seven weeks to go until “Baby Bubba” makes his debut, I’m averaging about 1-2 days like this a week.  Last week, it was more physical pain and discomfort, and yesterday it was general stress and it didn’t help that I was unable to locate anything I needed. 

Missing somewhere in our house were basketball tickets to 4 UVA games, a phone charger, and the CDs to reboot my Mac computer (did I mention my trusty computer crashed and burned and may not make it through).  I had no problem finding the software CDs from my college computer TEN years ago, but as for the three-year old computer, it was no use. 

Try as I may, I was unable to locate any of it.  And believe me, our house isn’t very big, so it’s kind of hard to lose things, and extremely frustrating when you can’t find something.

I’ve been hearing all about this myth they call “pregnancy brain” and wondering if maybe, just maybe there was something to it.

Thankfully, my pregnancy brain was not turned on enough to forget another fabulous “gem” from Lisa Nelson Robertson.  One day, I’m going to write a book called “Stuff My Mom Says” because seriously, she knows what she’s talking about.  It probably took me 25 years to realize that, but I’m so glad I did. 

Growing up, and even today, whenever I’ve lost something, my mom comes to my aid via phone or even literally kneeling by the side of my bed and prays, “Lord, you know exactly where this passport/ring/necklace/key/wallet/homework is and we pray that you will lead us to it.  If there’s anything you’re trying to show us through this experience, we ask that you will open our eyes and ears to see and hear what you’re trying to teach us.”

My experience for 2012?  This prayer has seen a 100% success rate and has helped me locate a very special ring, a diamond pendant necklace, and yes, EVERYTHING that was missing yesterday.

After spending Tuesday night, Wednesday morning, and Wednesday evening scouring our house for the basketball tickets (tip-off was at 7:00 pm last night), I think around 5:45, I told B that we needed to pray.  So we gathered together and I prayed my mom’s famous prayer.

Thirty minutes later, I was on my hands and knees looking through the file cabinet that should hold the computer rebooting CDs and the basketball tickets and tearing the drawer apart one last time.  I pulled the drawer out all the way and noticed a Fed-Ex envelope wedged inside of the very back of the inside of the file cabinet.

I yelled to B to come help and said, “I can’t promise the tickets are in that envelope, but they just might be…” 

After working to pull apart the drawer to get to the very back, he successfully retrieved the envelope, and much to our delight, all the tickets were safely where we had left them–we just hadn’t planned for the envelope to fall behind the back of the cabinet.  We were back in business!  Thank you Lord! 

Minutes later, I found a missing $25 gift card that we’d lost six months ago and expired at the end of December.  Then, after the Hoos triumphant victory over Tennessee, we came home and before I went to bed, the computer CDs and the phone charger were located.  Sometimes, when it rains, it pours and I was happy to sleep in peace. 

I’m still trying to sort through the exact  “lesson” God wanted to show us through the inability to find anything and then after praying, the ability to find everything, including one thing we didn’t even pray about, but one of them is this: God is Lord over every detail of our lives–big and small–and we need to be quick to bring Him into the fold of everything, not just some of it. 

The second may have something to do with the fact that a baby is coming into our home in 7 weeks and we need to get a bit more organized and simplify our lives before the big day, but I’m still trying to hammer that one out…

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
Jeremiah 33:3