There was an old show on TV called the A-Team. The leader of the team coined the phrase, “I love it when a plan comes together.” After facing all kinds of obstacles, their plan always achieved their main objective and the day was won!
Today was one of those A-Team days at our house. At 10:30 AM, I heard a big boom that was followed by the power going out. I immediately called it in and they assured me that it would be fixed no later than 2:40 PM.
Thankfully that was in time for me to clean and prepare for the 13 people and 1 very excited almost 9-yr-old that were descending on my house for a birthday party. The day was dreary, rainy, and cold so even finding a window with light enough to read was a challenge but I relished the extra reading time and the nap! I’m not the panicky type but when it was T-2 hours until party time and the house was still dark, I began to realize that things weren’t looking good. The house was dark and powerless. The birthday gift had not arrived. The operating status of the grill, although back in a standing position after being upended by a 150 lb. dog looking for a piece of wood to chew, was iffy. With no grill and no stove, the party would have to be moved to a different date.
I don’t know how it is with your family, but I have 3 children with families of their own, so scheduling can be a bit of a bugaboo. Tomorrow was out. Sunday was out. Monday was out. Tuesday was out. Wednesday was out. Thursday would have rendered the steaks and cupcakes inedible. That would never do!
Around 4:20, my husband texted me and jokingly said to sing “We’ve Got The Power In The Name of Jesus” to try to throw some humor into the situation. (That’s one thing I LOVE about him. He makes me laugh every day, regardless of what is going on.) My daughter had never heard that song, so I began to sing it to her, and SHAZAAM!, the power came back on! Within minutes, the FedEx man came, and although it took some doing and some singed bangs, the grill started up! And we all partied happily ever after!
Today, I’m thankful for plans that come together and for grace when they don't!