Tuesday, November 26, 2013
A Day Ordered by Heaven
Yes, that is me. At the Operation Christmas Child Warehouse and Samaritan's Purse Canadian Head Office. It was quite a God coincidence that I ended up there. We were taking my son to the airport to catch his flight to El Salvador to work with Samaritan's Purse on one of their water projects. Halfway there he pipes up that he forgot his Samaritan's Purse t-shirt back home. Yikes. After phoning a couple of contact numbers and not reaching anyone, we said we'd go to the hotel and then we'd try and find the Samaritan's Purse office on the off chance someone would be there. I'd never booked this hotel that we were at before but we wanted one close to the airport as he had to be there at 6:30 a.m. As we were turning into the street of the hotel, there before our very eyes, right across the street from the hotel, was the Samaritan's Purse building!
And lo and behold, there was lots of cars in the parking lot. Co-incidentally, it was the first day of the Operation Christmas Child shoebox warehouse sorting and packing! The lovely ladies there went all out finding J. another t-shirt, and while that was happening they let me into the warehouse to take a peek. It was not fully up and running yet as all the semi trucks from all over hadn't really starting arriving yet as collection week was still on. But I saw enough to literally make me cry. Thousands of boxes being packed up, ready to ship to hurting kids around the world.
It was totally overwhelming and I'm crying as I type this. This picture is only a tiny view of the front end. This warehouse is massive! What a privilege to see this after years of heading up collecting shoe boxes for my church and packing shoe boxes since the very beginning. Next year I'm so applying to work a shift in the warehouse. And what a humbling experience to, once again, see that God was in control the whole time taking care of our needs and adding an unexpected extra blessing on top of it just for me. I truly felt loved by my Father! Co-incidence? I don't think so. I think a day made in heaven by a loving God who does know everything and knows the desires of our hearts!