And now onto my story. I don't know about you, but I love hearing stories of answered prayers, both big and little. A cool thing happened this afternoon that I thought I'd share as a reminder that God cares about us all the time... even when it is somewhat little things.
My niece had spent the night last night and we arranged that I would return her to my sister-in-law today outside a theater in Lincoln Park where they were going to see a show. Sounds simple right? Well, if you know Chicago at all, you know that Lincoln Park is an incredibly busy and congested part of the city. There is never any parking and it seems at all hours of the day it is bumper to bumper as you slowly drive down the street. I had figured out my driving plan so that I would be able to double-park the
When I reached the theater, I saw that I was correct in my assumption that there would be no where to stop and get my niece across the street, so decided to find a way to turn around and come up going the correct direction. (I should add that the theater is on Lincoln Ave., one of the few diagonal streets in the city and one that never fails to get me a little confused as to where I am.... I wasn't quite sure I would be able to find my way back if I made too many turns.) I did turn on the first quiet street I came to hoping that there would be a driveway (Ha!) or something in which to turn around, when I look up and see my sister-in-law and nephew walking down the street from where they had just parked. We were quite surprised to see each other and it was quite simple to pause the car in the street, let my niece out, and chat with my sister-in-law for a moment. It felt so surprising and unusual that I have no doubt that God orchestrated the whole thing, including my missing my initial turn.
As I battle my inner anxiety (which, by the way, really doesn't have an outward source... I think it's just a new twist to the battles I've been dealing with since January), I'm sure I will replay this story over and over to myself as I remember to "have no anxiety about anything".