Yesterday was a doozee. Beginning at 7:00 when I awoke, the day felt a little chaotic. I went about the usual routine of getting the kids dressed for their Friday half-day at MDO. They ate a quick breakfast consisting of applesauce squeeze packets (please, don't judge) and we were out the door!
I started my car even though I didn't see my keys. I have a remote start so as long as my keys are nearby, the car will start. We drove to their school, I killed the car and took them inside. When I came back out and tried to start the car, it said "no remote detected". That's strange, I thought. Where could the key be? It then hit me! It was in the side of the diaper bag! Which was in my laundry room...at home! I was stranded. I had a home inspection in 10 minutes down the road, a closing in an hour and I had to be back to pick the kids up at noon! "Who can I call?" I started calling friends who live nearby but everyone I could think of was already out of town for the day! My husband was a good 30 minutes away at work. I looked up an Uber and the closest one was 20 minutes away. Not only did I need someone to drive me to my house to find my keys, but needed to get back to my car, plus stop by my home inspection on the way to let the inspector in! Ahh...time was ticking!
My friend Tiffany called me back and thankfully, she was close by! Woo hoo! She picked me up, we stopped by the house to let the inspector in on the way. As soon as I opened the door, the alarm started blaring! I've been to this house three times and the alarm system has never been on before. I called the listing agent, who was mad because he had the inspection time wrong on his calendar. The alarm was still blaring and the sheriff was on his way! Holy cow! We finally got the alarm shut off. One step accomplished.
Tiffany then drove me to my house to retrieve my keys. We pull in the driveway and lo and behold, the gate to the goats is wide open! "I don't have time to corral goats right now", I exclaimed! We both had a good laugh at that. Thank the Lord, the goats were still inside grazing, oblivious to the fact they could have escaped! Not that I minded if they roamed around the property, it's completely fenced and safe, but I just knew they would eat my newly planted flowers and mums in the flowerbed. That would have made this Goat Momma more than a little ticked off!
The keys were right where I left them, in the side of my diaper bag in the laundry room! My car started initially because it was close enough to pick up the sensor. How it ran the whole way (15 minutes) without a key inside is still puzzling to me! There were no alarms going off, no warnings. Yikes!
We made it back to my car, it started right up with the keys inside! I thanked Tiffany once again and started about my day! My team member, Cori, attended the home inspection for me while I went to the closing in Edmond. We had both wrapped up before noon and I picked the kids back up promptly. What a crazy few hours!
Sometimes, the Lord uses stressful situations to teach us something. For me, I have to get a good occasional reminder that I am not in control! I like to plan, I like to be in control of my life, my happenings and all the outcomes. Usually, I can control my days, but sometimes, I have no control. The good news is, God is always in control. He directs our paths and His will is perfect. The point of the story- we cannot always control our circumstances, but we can control our attitude. I could have gotten upset yesterday, broken down and cried even. But what good would that do? I had to find a solution and I had to keep my attitude in check. I am thankful for good friends for their help and for the Lord's provision throughout the day.
However frustrating, the day was a learning experience. Never drive off without visibly seeing the keys in your car (if you have a remote start). And remember that God is always in control, on the good days and the bad.