Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
In January of this year, a postcard arrives in the mail. It is an advertisement for Main Street Pharmacy, a new business in Kennesaw slated to open in the spring. I see it as a great opportunity for a book signing if I can hook up somehow to their grand opening.
I e-mail the contact person on the card to inquire about this possibility. He responds in the affirmative, assuring me he will be in touch as the opening nears.
Spring arrives. Flowers are in bloom, but Main Street Pharmacy has yet to show any signs of life. Summer comes. Still, no opening. And, no word from the gentleman I contacted.
Then, in early September, I see from a post of a friend on Facebook raving about how amazing a store Main Street Pharmacy is. They're open??? I search for their page on Facebook. Sure enough. They opened on the last day of August with the grand opening planned for September 4th.
I've missed it . . . I am so disappointed! I was really hoping I could be included in that event.
But, when another Facebook friend tells me she has spoken to the supervisor at Main Street and found out they are very much willing to host book signings, I march myself right down to the store. Grand opening or not, just an opportunity to sign and sell books in my hometown is good enough for me!
The supervisor greets me warmly. She pulls out the store's calendar.
"Choose any date you like," she says with a smile.
Since I already have three signings in September, I flip to October.
"Would Saturday, October 12th, be all right? Say from 1:00 to 3:00?"
"Sounds perfect! Just make sure you bring us some posters about two weeks in advance so we can advertise the event."
"I'll do it!"
It is two days before the book signing. I visit a free on-line advertising service we have in town called Kennesaw Patch. My plan is to write a blurb announcing my gig at Main Street Pharmacy.
That's when I see their ad. I click on it. What??? Their Grand Opening is this Saturday? The day I'm there? Oh, wow! I can't believe it! I didn't miss it after all!
I've written many times on the theme of God's perfect timing. In learning to trust Him instead of leaning on my own understanding, I see Him setting my paths straight again and again. When it seems things just aren't going according you your plans, are you stopping to ask God what His plans are? Are you waiting? Watching? Praying? Trusting that He will make straight your paths?
Will you pray with me?
Father, let us trust in You with our whole hearts. May we lean not upon our own understanding, but submit to Your will and Your ways in all circumstances. We know only You can make straight our crooked paths. Amen.
Here are some photos my husband, Danny, took of the Grand Opening. Enjoy!
This is truly an beautifully designed store.
This young lady had the voice of an angel. Believe it or not, she is only 14-years-old!
Here are some photos of me interacting with some amazing folks at the signing.
Kudos to Main Street Pharmacy for your hospitality! Grey and I loved every minute of it!