What does God’s favor have to do with the holiday concert season? Oh, simply…
It was the morning of our annual pilgrimage to sing at the Museum of Science and Industry. I had my list. I checked it thrice: buses – check, lunches – check, dress bags – check, chaperones – check, introductions, accompaniment CD, back-up CD – check, check, and check. The list went on and on. Still, I was ready. I was prepared. I had my ‘remind me’ students, my ‘pick up the food from the cafeteria’ students, and the ‘help the others with their ties’ students. Yes, we were a well-oiled machine. God was working everything out.
Okay, so it was 8:45 A. M. and we should have been in route by 8:30 in order to arrive before time. You know how last minute delays can be. We would make it, though, if we left right away. I told the students to line up at the door.
It was then that I looked around the room. In every direction, there was chaos. A shirt was thrown here, shoes were over there, and everywhere were book bags and odds and ends. I couldn’t leave my room that way. A sub was standing by to teach my regular classes. I had to clean up the room before we could leave, and we were late.
My wonderful assistant director corralled the group of singers up the stairs and out to the waiting bus. Everyone else climbed on board while I, along with two helpful students, were in my room running around like we were maniacs, grabbing personal items left behind and tossing them into my storage closet. I dared not look at the clock again. The students and I scurried to the bus. We took our final student count, then breathing a sigh of relief, my assistant and I settled back in our seats. We were on our way.
As we traveled down the road a bit, the bus driver asked if it was alright if we took Stony Island once we arrived in Chicago, because she hadn’t been to the museum in about three years. “Sure,” I said, “That’s the way we’ve always taken.” About a minute later, my assistant turned and looked at me and said, “We’ve got to go back. I left the food and my purse.” The food was still sitting on the bench next the front door of the building. The driver headed us back to school.
While my assistant was hurriedly getting the food and her purse, the bus driver turned to me and said, “While we’re waiting on her to get back, we might as well talk about what time you want me back at the museum. You are supposed to be back here at 1:15, so how about we leave the museum around 12:15? That should work fine.”
I was confused. I didn’t know what in the world she was talking about. “I’m sorry,” I replied. “That won’t work for us. We are scheduled to be back here at 2:15 not 1:15. I need you to pick us up at 1:00.” She said, “That won’t work according to my paperwork.” She picked up the phone and called her boss. I pulled out my paperwork, which said we were contracted to be back at 2:15 PM.
Right in the middle of this confusion, my assistant returns with a man following her. He boards the bus and says, “Mrs. Dixon, I think that you all are on the wrong bus.” WRONG BUS??? He continues, “I’m going to the Museum of Science and Industry and this bus is going to the Field Museum.” WHAT!!
I know! I know! I couldn’t believe it either! We thought having to go back for the food was the last thing we needed to have happened, but it turned out to be our blessing in disguise. I hope you will return to hear the end of this story and to find out more about God’s favor.
Until next time. Remember God gives favor for the journey!
Question to consider: Looking back over your life, when were there instances that God showed you favor?
Scriptures that may help you along the journey:
Leviticus 26:1-12 Isaiah 61:1-11
1 Samuel 2:26 And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the Lord and with people.
Psalm 5:12 Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.
Psalm 30:4-6 Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
Psalm 84:11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.
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