Alethea & Athena (double_dear) wrote,
Alethea & Athena

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Tender mercies

This morning started twenty minutes before our alarm went off, when my phone started ringing. It was our ride to church, saying she was not up to going to church today (had some teeth pulled and was in severe pain). She said she was literally dying, and I was almost grumpy enough to correct her, but I just wanted the phone call to end so I could go back to sleep and I knew correcting her would only prolong it. Anyway, I'm not mad anymore, and we're hoping she recovers quickly, but the problem then was that we needed another ride.

At the time, I didn't think it was a problem, because we have another friend who's totally cool with us texting her right before church for a ride. Unbeknownst to us, she was out of town this week. We didn't find that out until we got to church, so once we were ready to go, and we hadn't gotten a return text, I didn't want to deal with the awkwardness of sending another text (which would have been really awkward, I realize, now that I know she was out of town), so we decided to walk.

I guess we still hadn't fully recovered from Disneyland on Monday, because my feet were still hurting, and it was hard to walk fast. (Or maybe it's because we went to the store yesterday. At any rate, my feet have been hurting. I need to start wearing socks or slippers or something, too, because we have very hard floors.) I kept checking the time as we went, and I wasn't entirely sure we'd get to church on time at all, let alone early enough for me to play prelude music. Fortunately, both of the major streets had green lights as we got to them, and right after I said a silent prayer that we'd get to church a few minutes early, a van pulled up in front of us.

It was a woman from our ward! She said she saw us and decided to turn around and pick us up, and that she doesn't usually drive that way to church. We have a friend on Facebook who apparently wants to grab people and shake them when they say they said a prayer and their car finally started up, because the battery just happened to work then, or because the time they took to say the prayer gave the battery enough time to charge or something--it wasn't a miracle. I don't know why it's that important to her that they think that, but I believe that God does care enough about us to help us out, including by sending others to do it. I don't know what made that woman decide to take a different way to church, whether it was inspiration or a coincidence, but I'm still grateful to her and to my Heavenly Father.

...And that was really sappy, so I have to change the subject now. We were planning to go to a potluck today, as a farewell party to a woman in our ward who's going to Canada on a mission. We even bought lemon bites at the store yesterday, because when we talked to her at an activity, she told us how much she loves lemons. But the woman who we were going to ask to take us to the potluck is the same woman who couldn't take us to church this morning. We didn't know who all else would have been planning to go, and we were tired, so we didn't bother trying to find another ride. And now we have a box of lemon bites that will be enjoyed by us, but probably not nearly as much as it would have been enjoyed by the potluck's guest of honor. Maybe we'll see about getting them to her later...but on the other hand, I kind of want them myself.

Today I'm thankful for getting a ride part of the way to church, getting a ride home from church, our computer getting us to stop being negative by saying "listen! it's Kaji-kun singing Part of That World!", our computer also cheering us up with a Sherlock Bones wallpaper, and getting to watch Magi 2 last night.
Tags: church, tender mercies

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