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Then it happened.
I went into bathroom to shave and get ready for day. The first thing I noticed was a piece of paper taped on my mirror with words in bold print, "Don't forget to pick up our grandson at 2:30." I chuckled as I pulled it off mirror.
I finished dressing and headed for kitchen. When I went to pour a cup of coffee there is a piece of paper taped on coffeepot. "Don't forget to pick up our grandson at 2:30."
I opened refrigerator door to fix my breakfast and taped inside was a piece of paper. "Don't forget to pick up our grandson at 2:30."
This was getting to be a little ridiculous. Taped on television screen was another piece of paper. "Don't forget to pick up our grandson at 2:30."
In fact, all over house were little pieces of paper: "Don't forget to pick up our grandson at 2:30."
I could not believe love of my life did not trust me with this assignment. I will confess to you, my feelings were just a little bit hurt at this lack of confidence.
You think you know somebody and then they treat you like this. To say I was indignant is to grossly underestimate my feelings at time.
I took it, however, like man I am and went about my business for day.
When I came home for lunch I saw notes again, which refueled my indignancy, but I refused to let that get me down.
I headed back for my office and tucked in back of my head 2:30 appointment.
Back in office, I busied myself with my work for day. I must say work was going extremely well. Atypically, telephone did not ring once. It was absolutely heaven.
I glanced at my watch and noted that it was 2:55 and congratulated myself with a good day's work. As I looked at my watch, I had feeling I was overlooking something. I racked my brain, but nothing came.
Then telephone rang. As it rang, a light- bulb went on in my head. When I picked up phone my wife was on other end and simply said, "Don't forget to pick up our grandson at 2:30" and hung up phone.
A familiar feeling crept into my mind; my goose was cooked and it was well done.
"Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with lowly, than to divide spoil with proud. He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in Lord, happy is he." (Proverbs 16:18-20 KJV.)
The Reverend James L. Snyder is an award winning author whose writings have appeared in more than eighty periodicals including GUIDEPOSTS. In Pursuit of God: The Life of A. W. Tozer, Snyderís first book, won the Readerís Choice Award in 1992 by Christianity Today. Snyder has authored 8 books altogether.