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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Providence 365, Week 25: A Providential Pile-Up

This is Barbara, of Precepts and Promises, back with a new week's post for Providence 365.  
Did you happen to see the news Friday night?  The story about United Airline's computer system going down, worldwide?  Well, my husband and I were caught in the thick of that.
We had been in Vancouver, BC, for our daughter-in-law's Master's graduation ceremony and were on our way home when someone spilled Coke all over the big keyboard, so to speak.  We were stuck, firmly going nowhere, in San Francisco's airport, for over 6 hours.  We finally pulled into our driveway about 1:30AM.
I knew that I had this blog post scheduled, and as I waited I pondered Providence: 
The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.  
Proverbs 16:33
There had been several "random" , casting-our-lots-type, events earlier in the day that led us to being in SFO when the plug was pulled, one little decision or occurrence after another to get us to that point.
And, I have no idea why, for it really doesn't matter.  It most likely wasn't anything planned by God for me in particular.  He surely has better, less globally disruptive, ways to teach me patience than shutting down an airline.  But, rather it was an event that showed how my heart was submitted to His will in my life, in things large or small, no matter how the "lot" was cast.
Yes, I would have really, really liked to have gotten home hours and hours earlier than we did.  I would have really, really liked to have been in my comfy bed sometime before 2AM.  I would have really, really liked to have NOT had to spend more money on food and snacks for a 16-hour day, rather than the originally planned schedule.  So, no, I wasn't wonderfully happy about the added delay.
But, God was most interested in how I responded to the change of MY plans.  Did I kick at the circumstances?  Did I yell at the customer service representatives?  (There were plenty of folks who did just that.)  Did I fret, was I irritated, did I show a lack of patience, snap at my husband?
If I had, that would have revealed a heart that was not looking to the Savior for peace and satisfaction.  It would have shown a heart that wasn't joyful in all things, a heart in rebellion.  That's not the heart I want.  All too often I do fall on my face, for sin is my constant companion.  And, occurrences like this are good reminders that I am still in the process of sanctification, awaiting the day when I will be like Him, for I will see Him as He is.  In the meantime, He remains a willing and able Savior for sinners like me.
I have for you this week a template for your P365 layout.  There is a gradient layer to use to blend a photo into the background layer.  Just place your photo above the gradient layer, enlarge it to cover the entire layer, position it, and then clip it to the gradient by pressing "Control + G" in PSE.  You can then also adjust the blending mode and opacity.  I'd love to see your layout in our gallery and our forum.  You can get the template HERE.


CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 4 post on Jun. 19, 2011. Thanks again.

Tammy said...

Thank you for the template :)

Nancy said...

Thank you so much for sharing this template!