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This Month's Message

Blunders to Blessings
By Fran Caffey Sandin

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

Where is it? I felt along my right side for the little black purse, and it wasn’t hanging there! My heart leaped in terror. Where could it be? I had attended the Christian Bookseller’s Association Convention and was now returning home to Texas. Traveling alone in the Orlando International Airport gate area, I hurried to the Disney store to buy an item for my granddaughter when I discovered the missing accessory. Yikes! I had retrieved my attaché case at Security but not my purse. I wondered….Will I ever see it again? My credit card, driver’s license, a few dollars?

With pounding pulse, a sickening emptiness, and silent prayers, I ran to catch the people-mover for a ride back to the main airport lobby, but accidentally boarded the wrong one that took me to the opposite side of the huge lobby. So I rode back to the gate area, and found the correct people-mover to my original Security check point---all the time thinking… It will be a miracle if my purse is still there.

When I arrived at Security I asked the female attendant standing by a desk if she had found a small, black purse. Without hesitating, she reached in a drawer, asked my name, pulled out and opened my purse, examined the drivers’ license, looked at me, and said, “This looks like you. Here’s your purse.”

“Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

The plane now boarding, I stepped onto the correct people-mover and raced to the gate check-in counter. The flight attendant said, “All the seats are taken, but I will scan the computer one more time.” I waited. “Okay”, she exclaimed, “I found a middle one.” Great! When I finally settled in my new seat assignment with a sigh of relief, I thanked the Lord that after all my boo-boos, I actually made the flight.

The white-haired gentleman in the aisle seat introduced himself as the consultant for Word of Life Press, responsible for selecting materials for Christian publishing in Korea. Having attended CBA, he wanted to know more about my books. Four writer friends and I had written two books together, Courage for the Chicken Hearted, and Eggstra Courage for the Chicken Hearted: Humorous and Inspiring Stories for Confident Living. Mr. C. and I had a lively conversation; and he seemed genuinely interested in our work. A few months later, our publisher notified us that both books were being translated into Korean. What a nice surprise!

I had never lost my purse before, and haven’t since. When I recall that incident it reminds me that God is in charge of “divine appointments.” He works all things together for good for those who love Him—He can even turn our blunders into blessings.

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you that you are interested in the details of our lives, and your unconditional love guides us to unexpected joys--even when we mess up. May the name of Jesus always be exalted. In His Name I pray, A-men.