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The Daly Planet

Whispers from Heaven

Three Seconds of Grace
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By Carol Einarsson | 09/26/2009
Category: Whispers from Heaven

One night a couple of years ago, I was getting off work. It was about 1:00am, and after putting everything away at my desk, I grabbed my purse and stood up with keys in hand. With one last glance, I noticed Id left my notebook out. How did I miss that? I had to stop and put my purse down again and put the notebook away in my drawer. I remember being aggravated by this stupid little inconvenience because I was ready to go. It took three seconds, but at that time of night, even a three-second delay was an annoyance. I regathered my stuff and was out the door headed home.

Approaching the first intersection, I was happy to see the light was green. Id be home in no time. But then my peace was shattered.

I was maybe 150 feet from the intersection, and a speeding car with headlights off blasted through the intersection from my left, running a red light at about 60mph. It literally took my breath away.

It was so close. I was so close.

And at that moment when I sat alone, stopped in my car, I had just one thought: three seconds of grace. An insignificant little thing that had already left my mind was now back. That three-second delay of having to put my notebook away. What if Id been three seconds closer to the intersection IN the intersection when that car blew through? Would I be writing this today?

My annoyance had been Gods plan. Well, not that I be annoyed, but that I be delayed. I had been aggravated that my plan had been disrupted, but all the while, God knew better. And that is always the case.

We dont always know why things happen; why someone loses a job; why an illness strikes; why life sometimes seems harder than we bargained for. But we can trust that its for a reason. Everything, even life's inconveniences, all still part of the plan. Trials result in lessons learned and faith tested. Its all for a reason that we dont yet know and may never know. But we can persevere. We will persevere.

As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered.
You have heard of Jobs perseverance
and have seen what the Lord finally brought about.

The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

-James 5:11

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09/26/2009 8:57 am (1)
The LORD does know best..... if we listen..
09/26/2009 9:17 pm (2)
You know I used to buy into that whole Gods Plan thing until I was seeing stories about infants being sexually and physically abused. If God really cared and had a plan that would not happen. They can not fight back! There is no plan and never will be when that happens!! One thing I believe in is the Darwin theory. An example is the two teen age brothers who on Wednesday morning in Phx slammed at what witnesses say was at 90 mph into the side of the bus and both died. The good news is the bus had only the driver on board.
09/26/2009 10:58 pm (3)
Thanks for posting that, Carol.

If we were to slow down and pay close attention throughout the day, I think we would be amazed at how many times God actually intervenes in our lives.

I am so thankful... for the many times we see it, and for the many times we don't.

09/28/2009 2:15 am (4)
Carol, thanks for sharing those God-Shots :)
09/28/2009 12:00 pm (5)
I think I've read this before, but I feel there can never be enough reminders to open our eyes to the interconnectedness of things and God's hand in it all.

Thanks Carol
09/28/2009 8:33 pm (6)
This is why I always listen to that little voice that says turn here and go this way home instead of the usual way. I know it kept me out of at least getting stuck in a big accident if not in it.
09/28/2009 11:25 pm (7)
Great reminder of God's greatness. It's to bad that often times we (as humans) don't take the time to look for things like this and end up missing God at work in our lives.

or sometimes we just don't want to see Him at work...

Thanks Carol, that's good stuff right there. :)

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