“There are No real coincidences in life for those with faith strong enough to recognize coincidences for what they really are: intricate pieces of the providential design God created for each of our lives” ~Delia Parr
My mom’s car rolled into a tree and has been in the car shop for over a week.
“You’re not going to like this,” she said on the other end of the phone right after it happened. Maybe she was referring to my new and temporary roll as chaffeur?
Actually, I like it very much. I’ve had fun. I think she has, too.
Have you ever read the story of Eeyore’s birthday in the Winnie the Pooh book?
Here’s the story in a nutshell (and here’s the whole story if you’re so inclined to read it. HERE):
Pooh eats the honey that he was going to give Eeyore as a present, but gives him the empty pot nevertheless.
Piglet is running with the balloon he has for Eeyore, trips and pops it, but gives him the popped balloon anyways.
Eeyore, much to their surprise, isn’t dismayed at all, but is delighted to sit in front of the “Useful Pot” from Pooh, sticking the broken balloon from Piglet into it and pulling it out over and over again.
That is my favorite story for many reasons. The image of Piglet exploding the balloon is one of them. But another image I have in my mind that makes me smile is Eeyore. Pooh and Piglet expect him to be really bummed about his presents. But they turn out to be perfect. And he’s happy.
Pooh just had to tell Eeyore that the empty pot wasn’t just a pot before Eeyore could make the mental shift.
Eeyore was left with two gifts that fit perfectly together. But both seemed to be random “accidents”:
Pooh’s hungry belly called.
Piglet’s hurrying popped the balloon, leaving the rubber remains.
Those gifts were created by “accidents.” Actually, they were uncovered. They were there all the time, but needed a little tweaking. Pooh, always the one to “go with the flow” was the one to change direction in what could have been seen as a dismal situation.
I’ve done things, met people and shared moments with my mom that I wouldn’t have had if her car hadn’t rolled into the tree. I felt very much “in the flow” this week. Sure, we’re both struggling to match work schedules and to overcome mental and physical fatigue. But the stories that keep showing up are so energizing.
Who knows what’ll happen today? It’s raining and blowing hard. Again.
Perhaps it’s a day to find the Pooh Within? I hope you do. It’s fun.
I’ll leave you with this thought I found from Rhonda Byrne: