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Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Wrong Address

by Macy Johnson

“In his heart a man plans his course,

but the Lord determines his steps.”

(Proverbs 16:9 NIV)


My grandson would be celebrating his birthday soon. We lived too far away to join in the festivities, so I ordered a gift for him on Amazon to be delivered to his home. A few days later, as I was addressing his birthday card, I noticed a discrepancy in the addresses. “Oh no!” I thought. Noah’s old address was in Amazon, because I had sent him a gift in the past. His new address was staring me in the face.


“What can I do, Lord?” I asked. I felt the nudge to call Amazon, which I should have on speed dial by now. The nice lady promised to send an urgent message to the pickup site to modify the address, but it didn’t look promising. Later that afternoon I received an email from the postal service with a picture of the package leaning up against the door of the old address. My heart sank. I texted my son to let him know of the snafu.


The next morning I ordered a replacement gift to be shipped to the correct address. It would arrive two days before Noah’s birthday. Mission accomplished.


As I turned on our Keurig machine to brew my first cup of coffee, I heard God say, “You will never know what really happened. It could have been an unexpected surprise for a child at that old address. Trust me to always make things right.”


With tears in my eyes I bowed my head and thanked God for making all situations better than I could ever imagine, even when I royally mess up. Maybe the gift wasn’t shipped to the wrong address after all.


I will trust God to turn my lemons into lemonade. I hope you will, too! 

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