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How Does That Add Up?


A48artThe announcement said there would be thirty-seven people on the flight. My boarding position was A48 and there were people behind me.  How does that make any kind of sense?
Well come to find out the airline leaves the first fifteen spaces for “preferred members.” On my flight there were only two people who fit that description. The rest of us apparently were non-preferred. But the math still wasn’t working for me. But who really cares? Only thirty-seven people meant a guaranteed window seat. Score!
Have you ever had moments like that when you thought WHAT? How does that add up? What is going on here? I have had many of those moments. Often when dealing with the non-adults in my household. Sometimes with my bank account. And now and then with God. What are you doing God? How is this going to work?
I sometimes wonder if He realizes that things are not adding up. How do I feed hungry kids with an empty bank account and empty cupboards? Does He realize that is not working? My schedule requires that I be in two places at the same time. How can that work?
I pray for bread but doubt it will show up. Then a friend visits my office out of the blue and comes loaded with loaves of bread. Beautiful loaves from Panera. While I was trying to figure out how to make things work out, God was using someone else’s surplus to meet my need. Never would I have thought that bread would just show up at my desk. But God’s ways are not my ways. His thoughts greater than my thoughts.
So I am learning to accept that no matter if things add up in my mind, when God is involved the answer is multiplied with divine mystery to equal something amazing. A48 is AOK.

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
    “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so my ways are higher than your ways
    and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8–9 nlt