This morning, Conrad told me to take his car to work so that he could have the van to take his trailer back to his brother's house where they let us park it. Conrad was surprised when the van was not in the garage or on the front street or on the side street. Did someone steal our van??! Then as Conrad traced his steps back, he realized that I had picked him up from work yesterday to go to Kezia's grad event and we had forgotten to swing back to pick up the van on our way home. A little frustrated that he had to add extra time on to his long to-do list (and even more when he forgot his keys for the van at home the first time) but thankful that Kiandra's car was available to drive to get the van. Conrad said he was a bit annoyed at the inconvenience he added to his day until he came upon an accident that must have happened shortly before Conrad passed that way. It was a three vehicle pile up and I borrowed this shot from a piece I found online:
If we had not forgotten the van....If Conrad had left on time as planned...If Conrad would have been passing this spot earlier...it may have been him in this accident. Thankfully, the news article reported that all drivers ended up with minor injuries. The accident reminded Conrad that maybe it's a good thing to have our best laid plans changed even if we don't always see it at the time. God is good.
It reminded me of the story Kezia and Kaden shared with us last week about their drive home from youth. They were discussing advice and wise counsel and Kezia quoted some scripture to back up her opinion. Kaden rebutted and Kezia said that he should listen to her because she was his big sister. Kaden said where does it say that in the bible?? and Kezia spit out the first reference she could think of: 1 John 2:9. Kaden, knowing she was bluffing, said that he was going to look it up and he did. Imagine his surprise to find:
"Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness."
Hilarious. Lucky guess? Or divine intervention???