May 7–Sardines, Anyone?

Sometimes some things are just not in our control. Okay! That really should say: Most of the time most things are not even close to being in our control!

Good thing God is!

But, it’s those extra special reminders of how very much not in control we are that can either make us cry, get angry or–hopefully more often–laugh out loud! Well, I have done a bit of all three over the last two days!

I ordered a lovely basket of delicious goodies for my daughter’s Julia’s birthday. It was to be filled with gourmet cheeses and crackers, fabulous mustards, short-bread cookies, chocolate dipped cookies, french-twists, select  teas, hot-chocolates and coffees and (oh, yes!) Godiva chocolates. The basket itself was a beautifully crafted masterpiece.

And just to assure me the well-deserved title of Super Mom, I asked that a brightly colored mylar–HAPPY BIRTHDAY!–balloon be attached to this fabulous feast in a basket! It was to be delivered to my daughter’s NYC office a little after 9:30am the morning of her birthday.

 Sometimes some things are just not in our control.

My extra special reminder of just how very much not in control I am, looked like this:  

The basket arrived after 5pm.

There was no balloon.

And my daughter’s fabulous feast in a basket consisted of some plastic wrapped American cheese, some yellow mustard, and a can of sardines.

Let me assure you that Julia was able to laugh much more quickly than I! She even gave me credit for being clever and funny by sending a very un-gourmet basket as a joke for her birthday! Now if that isn’t grace, I don’t know what is!

But, no. I had other Super Mom intentions! It didn’t happen the way I planned it at all!

Sometimes some things are just not in our control.

Are you okay with that reality? Am I?

For–the–moment, I can say, “Yes!” And I can laugh! Because it is really is kind of funny. Even while it’s maddening and outrageously wrong, too!

And I can laugh! Because it is not eternally important! Nobody got hurt! Although I have to admit that God had to give me an extra measure of restraint towards the basket vender who gave me one of those extra special reminders that I am not in control!

God is. God is in control at all times, in all places, in all ciricumstances–and our very lives are in God’s hands. And sometimes we just have to laugh!

Sardines, anyone?

My times are in Your hands Psalm 31:15

Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy! Psalm 126:2

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane