My mentor said that to me in the spring of 2002. As soon as she said it, we both just laughed until we cried. Because y’all know it’s true. There you are one minute, complaining that the person in front of you didn’t go as soon as the stop light turned green which in turn, made you one millisecond later for your appointment than you already were. Because of course it was that person’s fault that you weren’t going to make it on time. It had nothing to do with the fact that you snoozed your alarm for 27 minutes. Ahem. And if you then think about yourself literally on fire and how much that would hurt and how it would damage your body, soul, mind and spirit, you will then say to yourself, “Things aren’t that bad.” Right? Recently, my family’s safety was put in jeopardy. There were so many factors that contributed to keeping us from harm and I am forever grateful. Like the fact that the fire was started around midnight instead of 3:00 a.m. I am rarely up at midnight but it’s much more likely that I’m awake at midnight than 3:00 in the morning. And so many crimes are committed in the wee hours of the morning. Or how I couldn’t get rid of that unrest I felt while the hubby and I were watching a movie in our bedroom. I tried to pray it away and chalk it up to worry. Finally, I caved and decided to check things out around the house. After I rounded the corner near the front door, the flames were in plain sight. Oklahoma is known for its winds. In fact, our state song says, “Ohhhhhhh-klahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plain.” And sweep it does. However, that night it didn’t blow towards the north like it does so often. It blew to the east. My home is north of the house that was on fire. Who knows what would have happened had the winds shifted. One might call these coincidences. That’s fine. I won’t argue with you. My time is too precious to argue with someone just for the sake of arguing. But for me? For me? This is nothing short than the hand of Almighty God making sure his daughter didn’t go to sleep too early, couldn’t get rid of that gnawing feeling in her gut and help shift those winds another direction towards an open pasture. I believe it as sure as I’m sittin’ here. And then God. He is so good.