This summer I left the beach a day earlier than my family. It was the first time I have ever left a family vacation. I was unsettled and uncertain if I made a wise decision.
I was giving a talk at a marriage conference and chose to be present while at the beach but took a day at the end of the week away from my family to finalize my talk. I also had a meeting with the woman who is illustrating my first kids book (!!!sign up below to be the first to hear when it comes out!!!).
On the way home I was meeting the illustrator to review the most recent illustrations and discuss the one's still to be drawn. I was praying about leaving my family - was this the wisest choice? I drove and prayed and my thoughts were interrupted with the thought...
I need to get her (the illustrator) something.
Flowers? No, jam.
Okay, I'll get her jam.
There must be a roadside stand or a cute market on the way where I can get jam. I continued to drive from Rhode Island to Connecticut, no road side stand, no little market.
I came to a stoplight and looked at my GPS and realized I would be there in a couple of turns.
Oh no! I am here. And I didn't get her jam.
Then my eyes turned and landed upon the name of the corner store to my right. It was named J.A.M.S.S.
I laughed out loud and pulled into the parking lot. I walked inside and asked, do you have jam? The waitress said no but that they have really good muffins. Great! I will get four of your most popular muffins.
As she went to get the muffins I glanced up and recognized the dots between the letters in J.A.M.S.S. When she returned in inquired as to what the letters stood for. The friendly waitress said they were family names and began stating the names. I don't remember what the J. A. or M. stood for but I remember the S's.
The two S's stood for Sam and Sam.
Sam is the main character in my kids book!
I smiled at the waitress and thanked her for the muffins. I walked away thanking God for the confirmation that I was walking in the right direction. I didn't understand why I needed to get jam but know I knew. I didn't like leaving my family but I was walking the path I needed to be on.
Sometimes I have to do the things I don't want to do to allow God to work through me.
If you wonder if you are walking in the right direction...
Pause. Breathe. Pray.
I know often I talk to God but sometimes it is a challenge for me to listen to God. I offer for you to talk with, and listen to God. Be open to allow him to work through you and guide you where you need to be - even if it doesn't always make sense:-)
"Trust God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your path straight." - Proverbs 3:5-6