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Right Where the Lord Wants You to Be

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him and who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV)

Jan, a good friend of mine, shared a lesson she learned in, of all places, a supermarket! She had decided to make a quick stop on her way home for one item. The evening meal had already been planned along with a restful outing to the park with her husband and children and the supermarket was the last thing on her list.
After picking up a gallon of milk, Jan scanned the three open checkout lanes and stepped behind a gentleman in checkout 1, by far the shortest line. Silently going over what she had accomplished on her “to do” list and what she had left, Jan noticed that no one in  front of her had moved for several minutes.
Peering around the customer in front of her, she saw the cashier struggling to figure out what was wrong with his computer. “Just one thing – that’s all I’ve got,” she groaned silently. “Why is it always MY line that gets messed up?”
A glance to her right showed lane 2 with a much shorter line and she quickly moved a few steps over and took her place behind a woman with four children but only three items. “This should do it,” she smiled.
Her relief that she would soon be on her way home was shattered by a loud intercom announcement: “Lisa, I need help on 2 with the register, please.” She then watched in amazement at the arrival of a young woman that Jan determined could not have been more than 12 years of age who frowned at the cash register as if it should spring into life instantaneously and apologize for its bad behavior.
“I just want to get home…in this week!” she thought. A quick maneuver to a third line proved to be a fatal mistake as she watched the newly hired cashier struggle to determine the price of a head of cabbage.
With an exasperated shrug, Jan proceeded to go back to her original line and endure whatever came her way. Her sigh of frustration got the attention of a young man in front of her and he turned slightly and smiled. Jan, believing that he must be sharing her irritation, said “This just isn’t my night to check out! I’ve been in these lines forever!” The young man, though, had another idea. He leaned toward Jan and quietly commented “You are right where God wants you to be.”
In that moment Jan realized that the importance of checking out quickly and going home was overshadowed by the truth in what the young man said.
God has a plan in all circumstances and situations. Perhaps her delay saved her from being in an accident. Maybe God wanted her to encourage someone waiting in line with her. Perhaps He just wanted her to slow down, take a deep breath, and consider how blessed she was to be able to go to a supermarket, shop and pay for what she wanted.
Or maybe He wanted her to be in that exact place, at that exact time, so that a young man could remind her that she was right where her loving Heavenly Father wanted her to be.

Father, help me to slow down and look around at where you have allowed me to be at this particular moment. I do not want to miss a blessing that you have placed for me because I am rushing from one task to another. In Jesus’ Name. Amen

Do you often find yourself getting frustrated when you are unable to get everything done as quickly as you would like?

What is your reaction when situations seem out of your control and you are forced to wait on someone or something?

The next time you are in a long line at a store and feeling frustrated, take a deep breath and silently praise the Lord for a blessing He has given you as each item is being purchased by the person in front of you.

Keep one of the power verses for today in your purse. When a frustrating wait in line occurs, pull out that verse and read it as you wait.

James 4:13-14 (NIV) “Now listen, you who say “today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”

Philippians 4:6 (NIV) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

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