I realized recently that I've been committing a sin. Okay, several, but let's stick to one this morning. After reading The Year of Living Biblically I am more convinced than ever that we pick and choose what sins we can tolerate in our lives. Whether we want to admit it or not, there are a lot of rules, guidelines, admonishments, and commandments in the Bible that we overlook or consciously ignore. One of those is found in Proverbs 27:1. Do not boast about tomorrow for you do not know what a day may bring forth. I do that all the time!! I even do it right here! I tell you my plans for tomorrow as though I had some control over what the day may bring. The more faithful among us get around that by saying, "The Lord willing, I will..." Half the time I don't even give it a thought. I just make my "to do" list!
That really hit home yesterday. My plan for the day was to work at Boland Park for a couple of hours, finish painting the kitchen, and then pick up my photos at WalMart and my prescription at the pharmacy. Easy. Well...not exactly.
My first inkling of trouble should have been Sunday afternoon, but I wasn't really paying attention. My dad came to visit and during the conversation he casually said, "I wonder if we'll get much rain tomorrow." And I said, "Is it supposed to rain tomorrow?" And he said, "Didn't you watch the weather?" Okay, I wasn't paying attention to that either apparently.
So yesterday morning the Lord was kind enough to give me two hours in which to finish working on a flowerbed in my yard and clear the grass from the new flowerbed at Boland Park. I didn't even do everything I'd planned there because 1. I ran out of string for the trimmer and had forgotten to bring more 2. I forgot my rake and 3. I need a rototiller because the bed is really too big for me to tackle with a shovel.
After that is when it got interesting. When we got back to the house it was only 9am, but I felt like I should go to town and do my errands before the rain started. Those of you who live in other areas may get rain, but I've lived here long enough so that I should have realized that any forecast of 70% showers means RAIN, otherwise known as a deluge, or water falling so rapidly that you really should stop driving and pull over to the side of the road- if only you could figure out where it is!! That happened to me twice yesterday.
And even that was my fault. If I had just gone to WalMart and the pharmacy I would still have made it home before the deluge started. But I had to stop by the genealogy library and check on a couple of things. After all I was already "in town". LOL The next thing I knew, Dusty said "It's a quarter after twelve and it looks like the rain is here." I quickly gathered my things and headed to WalMart. That was my first "where is the road?" experience. It was raining so hard I nearly missed my exit on the highway.
I really did have to stop at the pharmacy, so I got wet doing that. Also realized I was wearing the wrong shoes! I had absent-mindedly slipped on a pair of cloth sneakers, not the vinyl ones! Slosh! Then I went to WalMart and thankfully managed to get my photos without getting soaked. However, the trip home was another nail-biting experience. By the time I got to Caddo I was ready for the much-needed rain to be over. Thank you Lord for watering everything, but did we have to get so much so quickly? (Robert says I'm very picky about how much rain I want and when!)
Anyway, all this rambling leads to the fact that it's good to make plans, but we can't boast about what we will accomplish tomorrow because we really, truly don't know what will actually happen. And that isn't necessarily a bad thing. I found some wonderful information at the library yesterday. I talked with a woman who needs my help. I saw one of my school friends at WalMart. We really did need the rain. And I'm on vacation, so I can always finish painting today...Lord willing.