Quite an unexpectedly eventful day today. A few little mishaps along the way, but all ended ok, thank God. It started out as a mundane Saturday trip into town. The whole family went in to pootle round the market and round up school supplies for Roo.
On the way home though, it became apparent I had left my phone behind me somewhere. (Quel surprise, Rodney.) And on the way to retrieve it, the car stopped dead right on the busiest roundabout in the city. Lee put his back out trying to push the car single-handedly somewhere less accident-inducing. The car door handle broke as he tried to get back into the car. And then the rest of us sat stranded with me praying we wouldn’t be the cause of a Richard Scarry-worthy pile up while Lee set off looking for a petrol station. (Yes.... I know.) That led to a few hairy moments marvelling at how there aren't more accidents on the road, the way people drive. I think Guardian angels must be so busy just keeping people safe in their cars every day.
Anyway, thanks to Lee, we got moving again. Drama over. No harm done. And now I'd like to mention the highlights of today. The bits God drops in to help you through difficult times:
The thoughtful honest man who handed my phone in and the nice man in the car park who thought to phone Lee to tell me he had it.
The lovely people who stopped in a risky spot to see if we were alright or ‘to offer us a lift’ as Poonch put it.
The three little boys in the back as good as gold despite being variously in need of the toilet, a drink or a nap.
Roo suggesting we ‘ask God to help us’ and the relief saying a prayer out loud brought.
Offers of hugs from Poonch and Roo when I got a little broken-voiced from experiencing the kindness of strangers.
The little sparkle in Roo’s eyes when he saw himself in the mirror with his uniform on for the first time ever.
Watching Uncle Bee playing with the lads and their interaction (particularly little 11 month old Toot) with him.
I will probably never get the chance to thank the people that helped just by offering to help. But I would like to ask for a little prayer for them tonight. I hope they receive many blessings for the care they showed to us. Thank you.