by Sandra Allen Lovelace      @SandraALovelace      #WallflowerWomen

Neighborhood routines are not always easy to learn. And a simple mistake can sometimes raise eyebrows. That’s why I wasn’t sure what to do on that fateful day.

My break for lunch was brief as usual. When I peeked out to the curb I noticed the trash container lid was still closed. The guy on the truck usually leaves it flipped open. Oh no. Is this a recycle only day? It wouldn’t do to leave the wheeled garbage can out there for a week. But I had so much to do.

A couple of more hours went by before I checked again. Yup. The big blue receptacle still stood there waiting to be tended. Well, if it’s still there when I go to get the mail maybe I’ll pull it off the sidewalk to the top of the driveway.  A strident voice poked me. “And leave it there for a week?”

Okay. That wasn’t a good idea, but I had a deadline to meet. I couldn’t be rolling my garbage back and forth. The image of my lone trash bucket standing like a beacon of thoughtlessness to my neighbors haunted me as I got back to work.

Two hours later I heard what sounded like a heavy truck engine right out front. I ran to peer out the window. There they were.

Whirr, whirr, whirr. The loader hauled the hopper up to the opening. Clunk, clunk, clunk. My leavings fell into the receptacle. Bang, bang, bang. The compacter did its job.

The lid of my bucket dangled on its hinges as the outside man jumped on the side of the truck, and off they went.

I sauntered out to the curb, closed the lid, and grabbed the handle. A grin widened on my face as I guided the rattling wheels down the driveway. For once laziness paid off. 

A peaceful whisper came. “No, Sandra. You exercised perseverance and the Father chose to bless you.”

I waved my free hand in the air. “Thank you, Lord.”

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NASB

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  1. Sandra, another good example of God watching out for us even when it comes to things as mundane as the trash. I think we’ve all been there. Thanks for this reminder of just how much He cares for us, even in things as routine as trash day.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Debbie. I also enjoy the way God sneaks up and shows me His hand. Cheers me up every time. 😀

  2. Thank you for the reminder of Who is in control and how often we overlook the importance of giving thanks.

    1. It’s marvelous how He comes along and makes Himself known in the midst of every day patterns. Don’t you just love it, Bobbie? 😀

    1. Oh yes, Chris. He’s in the small things in a BIG way. And sometimes we don’t catch Him at it. *teehee
      Thank you for the comment.

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