Sunday, May 31, 2015
Grace...Through the Gift of a Dirty Diaper
I hope you don't mind a departure from my regular crafty content, but today I thought I would share a little anecdote that I wrote recently...
I was on a roll this morning. We were in Michigan this past weekend, in the Eastern time zone, so my internal clock hasn't quite adjusted back to Pacific time. I got up at 5:00 am and decided to take advantage of my early rising by getting a shower, a 30 minute walk with the stroller, and taking trips to 2 grocery stores, all before Baby Girl's 9:30 am music class. A bit ambitious, but I was pretty sure I could do it if I didn't waste any time.
We live in an apartment complex, so I decided that it would be most efficient to take our walk around the complex and then get directly into the car and head to the grocery store. No extra trips up the stairs carrying my 20 pound daughter, etc. So I grabbed Baby Girl, my purse, keys, and cell phone and headed out the door for a whirlwind morning. However, upon completion of our walk I noticed a certain odor coming from Baby Girl. For a split second I contemplated changing her diaper in the back of the car, that would be fastest since the clock was ticking and my window of opportunity for grocery shopping was getting smaller by the second. The only problem was that I only had one spare diaper with me and after changing her I would be stuck with her dirty diaper in my car. They don't make those little green rearview mirror pine trees in "dirty diaper" scent, for good reason. I decided to make a quick trip back to the apartment and it's a really good thing I did...
After a successful diaper change I picked up baby girl and headed for the door when lo and behold, I spotted MY WALLET sitting on the counter. Yikes! I had forgotten that Baby Girl got into my wallet when we got back from our Michigan trip and in a hasty moment I set it on the counter rather than putting it back into my purse. Had it not been for this morning's dirty diaper, I would have found myself in the check out line of the grocery store with absolutely no way to pay for the food in my cart. Not the end of the world, but definitely less than ideal.
So, thank you Jesus for today's dirty diaper!
Something that seemed like an inconvenience ended up saving me a whole lot of time in the long run. It was a good reminder (on a small scale) that there are many times in my life when God has or will use a "dirty diaper" to keep me from harm or to redirect my steps. It made me think of I Corinthians 13:12 "For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known." Sometimes we are aware of the "dirty diapers" we encounter and sometimes we're oblivious. From our current vantage point we can only see little snippets of God's plan. But one day, our eyes will be opened and God will allow us to see the whole picture. All those "dirty diapers" will make sense and we will be in awe of His perfect orchestration.