Yesterday was a crazy day. I was so cold when waiting for the bus that I just took the first bus that stopped. It was the wrong bus and I ended up riding all over the west side of the city before arriving at Main and Clinton. The nice part of the bus ride was that my son, Ben, was on the bus with me. He didn’t sit with me, but I could hear his voice as he talked and laughed with his friend. Because of the longer route and the snowy conditions, the ride took thirty-five minutes instead of the usual fifteen. The walk from the bus stop to work was very cold and very difficult. I wasn’t late to work, but certainly later than I expected to be. I arrived breathless and freezing cold.
At lunch, I went through the line in the cafeteria. I take my lunch, so I always skip the hot food and just grab a cup of water. Instead of ignoring me, everyone in the line started yelling “Cutter!” I looked up and saw that it was people I know and I laughed and laughed. I realized that I have already made great friends at this new job, friends that can joke around with me. I felt this amazing sense of belonging welling up inside me.
During a meeting with my boss, I knocked her pencil sharpener off a shelf. The little drawer flew out and pencil shavings went everywhere. It was such a mess. Instead of remembering that I can’t see well, I felt clumsy and foolish. It was so embarrassing. Still, it was just a little accident and my boss was kind about it.
The snow just kept falling and falling all day. I watched it pile up outside my window. I could see the traffic crawling along the expressway. I worried all day about my kids driving in that weather. At about three o’clock, a woman from work came into my office and said that she would be going near my house on her way home and that she could give me a ride. I happily agreed. After work, as her car crawled the four miles to my house, we talked and talked and talked. I felt such a strong sense that God had put the two of us together in that car at that moment. It took over an hour to get home, but the time flew by in a flash.
At home, John had prepared a really nice dinner. Ben and Sam and his girlfriend, Julie, were home. Emily arrived home shortly after I did, so we were all together for a nice dinner on that snowy, blustery evening.
It was a very strange day, full of ups and downs. But, it was also a day full of God’s presence and grace in snow and accidents, in family and friends.