May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ~Romans 15:13
In a recent post, I describe my frustration in not being able to be on the same timetable as my husband, Danny, when it comes to getting the Covid vaccination. But wouldn't you know it? The very day this blog posts, Danny finds me a shot at our local health department for the following Monday. Talk about elated!
This is a drive-up-stay-in-your-car type of arrangement. When we arrive, we can't believe our eyes. Hundreds and hundreds of cars are in line ahead of us. They are snaking around and around on a cone guarded path, edging ever closer to the finish line. Think queues at Disney World when it comes to the most popular rides.
Once in this line, there's no escape; we just have to stick with it until the bitter end.
And believe me, it is a bitter one!
After almost an hour of inching along, we at long last reach the location where actual health workers visit your car and ask for your paperwork. I comply, and a lengthy list is checked for my name. "I'm sorry ma'am," says the man not bright enough to wear his mask properly. "There was a glitch in our online system. It registered 3,000 people when we only have 800 vaccines. Don't worry, we'll be in touch."
Ever have the overwhelming urge to choke someone? Yep! All that time in a sinuous line with nothing to show for it. Why in the world were these folks not checking people at the entrance, when those not qualifying could easily be turned away? Oh, but wait, that makes sense, and this is the government. I'm reminded of these words of warning: "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help." Yeah, right.
My hope is momentarily dashed, but we refuse to give up in our quest to secure a vaccine for me. I'm trusting God has a better plan as to where and when to get the shot. Because even if the health department does contact me, I ain't goin' back there for love or money!
Hope reinvigorated by the knowledge of how many waiting lists Danny has placed me on, how thrilled we are to see that Publix is opening its registration window Tuesday of this week. The only catch? It starts at 6:00 a.m.! That means getting up by 5:30 to be at the ready to dive in the moment an opportunity presents itself.
Danny and I are both on our computers, watching the site refresh about every minute, when he gets the go-ahead we've been waiting for. Excitedly, he enters my information, and voila! I'm in! Pretty good considering there were only 210 slots available in our county.
So, on the day of this post's publication, I'll be receiving my first vaccine, with a second one already scheduled for March 5th.
And my hope is overflowing!
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