Monday, November 24, 2008

When Things Don't Go as Planned

After a late night staying up and talking with a friend, I was rather surprised when I awoke and felt pretty refreshed. As I groggily opened my eyes, I noticed that the room was a lot lighter than it usually was at 6 a.m., and wondered why. My eyes opened wide when I glanced at my clock. 7:48 a.m.? That can't be right! But it was true. Somehow I had forgotten to set my alarm last night - something that I do every single night. Only once before during this semester had I forgotten, and then my body had woken me up in plenty of time. I've never gotten out of the door so quickly in my entire life. I grabbed my clothes, ran to the bathroom and changed, pulled my hair up into a ponytail, slipped on my shoes, and was out of the door running before 5 minutes had passed.

I ran/power walked all the way to my 8 a.m. class, arriving only a minute or so late, and thankfully the class started late, so I had plenty of time to recover my disoriented thoughts. It was an awful day, in my mind, to wake up late and have to run to class, because it was the day for each of us to give our 5-minute presentations. However, one of the other presenters talked about "The Importance of Eating Breakfast" and had good breakfast foods to share as part of her presentation. So, I was spared the headache I knew would probably come had I had to simply skip eating that morning like I had thought I would. God is good.

Things like this are a good reminder to me of my own humanness. We all make mistakes, crazy ones at times, and sometimes there are things we just can't control. The wonderful thing about it all is that, no matter what happens, God is in control.

Waking up late and having to run to class made me thankful for the schedule that I usually follow. It even made me thankful for my 6 a.m. alarm sounding each weekday morning (much as that is often an unwelcome sound), for things just go wrong when it doesn't. I got to experience the amazing way God has designed our bodies to respond when we're rushed, and how He designed them to be able to hit the floor running if necessary. And I got to witness His amazing provision in allowing me to have food for breakfast and prevent a headache, and allow my presentation to go well, even when the morning didn't quite start out as I had planned.

But, I'm thankful that I don't have to experience that every morning! Starting the day out quietly with God and with plenty of time to get to class is much preferred. =)


eliasboudinotismyfriend said...

I did this the other morning, too! :) I felt awful about forgettingtto set my alarm. Good thoughts. When does your Christmas break begin?

Elizabeth said...

oh what an encouraging post! thank you so much! :-)

Lexie said...

It's amazing how great God is even when we think things arent going as we had planned them, but God has it all under control.

Ella said...

YOu know, I have been thankful that I haven't been adhering to my alarm clock. I get a late start, but the Lord knows I need to be refreshed!

Victoria said...

Dear Anna,
Praise God that you got some extra sleep and that your Abba provided food for you, dear sweet daughter. What was your presentation on? We look forward to seeing you and Grace tomorrow ! Love, Mom

Anna Naomi said...

Miriam: My last final is on December 8th, so my Christmas break will begin when I drive home after I take that in the morning. I'm excited! I'm even more excited about going home for Thanksgiving break tomorrow! =)

How is college going for you?