Well, the perfect way for our van to break down would have been for our van NOT to break down, but that being said… :)
Aside from the fact that winter break from music lessons had JUST started (so I won’t need to go anywhere for a little while) and the fact that our van didn’t break down while we were in Nashville the night before, it just so happened that we had friends already coming out to the house that night, AND my husband’s car was already in town because we’d picked him up from work the night before (we needed two cars to get us all back home.) It also happened that my mom was home and has a triple A card so we were able to tow the van without cost. Another blessing of perfect timing? My daughter was able to get to her performance right before the van died.
I was tempted to ignore that last one, when we were counting our blessings and my daughter brought it up. I chuckled a little bit and pretty much blew it off as the LEAST of the concerns we’d had over the van (we’d sensed its demise coming for a little while – it had been having trouble for a few weeks.) But then I realized something: to my daughter, getting to that performance was the GREATEST of her concerns! And why WOULDN’T God time the break down of our van to make sure she got to her performance?
It’s easy for me to dismiss my children’s desires and dreams because I can see the “bigger picture.” I can see the fact that my husband was home to help so I wasn’t alone with the kids when it broke down. I can see the fact that it broke down during the day, and not at night. I can see the fact that we were in town, with friends and family able to assist us immediately. But are those things really the bigger picture? Is my desire not to be stranded in Nashville any more important than my daughter’s desire not to miss her concert? When God looks at our situation, how does He see it? In God’s eyes, my daughter’s concerns are no less important than any of mine. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that in some ways, they’re more important.
God’s timing is perfect!