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Father Knows Best

By Kuanita E. Murphy, Metro Contributing Editorial Writer

A while ago, I started my day like any other-- early.

I'm a morning person. I literally believe that the early bird gets the worm. Usually I awake around 5 a.m., complete my routine then start the day. Whenever possible, I try to get to the office at 7 or 7:30 am.

On this particular day, I was on schedule.

At the office, I do a little bit of everything. I'm the director, head of accounts receivable and payable, the liaison, the secretary, the publicist, the receptionist, and on my off days, I am the janitor too! On this day, I was in the mood to clean and decided that I'd run to the local dollar store to purchase supplies. I looked at the clock. It read 7:15am. The store didn't open until 8, so I began checking my email and became engrossed in several menial tasks. I lost track of time.

Suddenly, the phone rang. It was 8:30 am. I answered. It was an associate who was calling to inform me that he would be a little late for our meeting. He was at the local dollar store when it was robbed at gun point, and he had to give a statement to the police. Though he was okay, he sounded a bit shaken, but assured me that no one was hurt.

After I hung up, I couldn't help but realize that if I had left earlier as planned, I would have been there too. Shortly thereafter, I heard a voice say, "If you only knew what God protected you from every second, every minute, every hour,'d give Him praise!!!" Yes, God. You are indeed worthy to be praised!

Since then, I've had many instances where God redirected my course. I learned simply to let go and to trust, for nothing is mere happenstance. Today, I know without a doubt the words of the psalmist to be true: "A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps." Psalm 16:9 (NKJV)