Last month, the Tulsa Ballet offered tickets to the Taming of the Shew at half the normal price. I'm a sucker for the arts and a good deal, so I immediately checked to see what seats were available. Lo and behold, I could get tickets, priced at $27.50 each, for two orchestra seats in Row A of the February 4 performance. I did not hesitate to snatch those tickets up. I bought a new suit, and made reservations at Trula for the night.
Then it snowed... and snowed... and snowed...
I assumed if my friend and I faced any trouble, it would be because we slid off the road or get stck during the 90 mile drive either there or back. I had prepared for this by packing heavily for a single evening out. I brought a change of clothes, and a hefty coat. God is awesome. He protected us the entire time while we were driving through bad road conditions.
After getting parked, we began walking to the restaurant. It was about a half a mile on the snow-packed sidewalks. When we were about to enter the restaurant, I realized my wallet was not in my pocket. I was panicking on the inside, and probably also on the outside. I had talked myself into believing that the wallet and the contents were a total loss. We walked the same route back to my car. I was surprised to find my wallet outside of my car door, laying in plain view on the snow. I quickly inspected the wallet, and was relieved to see it had not been tampered with.
Do you know what's crazy? I was essentially planning for something bad to happen to me. I was prepared for a mini disaster while traveling. I then made the mistake of dropping my wallet. God could have just let me reaped the consequences for my mistake. He didn't. He was still there for me. He didn't take revenge on me for not trusting Him. He kept providing for me and protecting me.
It's so lovely to serve a God who does not keep score. He's not counting the times I screw up and have done Him wrong.
"Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy." ~Micah 7:18
This makes me examine myself. Do I freely offer to others what God offers to me?