Anybody else feeling a little wrecked by James?? Thankfully, God has been wrecking me (in the most amazing way) for quite awhile now, so it hasn’t been toooo terribly much of a shock. But still.
I listened to another David Platt sermon tonight (James 2:14-19). Oh for goodness. I totally recommend it (if you’re ready to get your block knocked off, that is).
I had a delightful opportunity to “count it all joy when you face trials of various kinds” today. I put Nina on the bus at 12:30, and Ava and I went grocery shopping. First to Aldi, where we got milk and ice cream among other perishables (blatant foreshadowing). On to Marc’s. More groceries. Used coupons (hooray, me!), brought my own bags (hooray, me!), CHECK CARD DENIED.
“Um, could you try it again please?”
I have $11 in cash. My groceries cost $58. “Um… okay… can I leave these here and run to the ATM?”
Ava and I dash to the car, drive to the bank, pull up to the ATM, punch in all the right stuff. DENIED.
Pull into the bank parking lot, head inside, wait in line, explain the problem to the teller, he checks my account. “Hmmm… it seems your card was revoked due to suspicious activity on September 9th.”
“Suspicious as in five expensive plane tickets to another country?”
He made a call to a bigwig somewhere who made him ask me twice if it was really me who bought those tickets. All $8000 of them. I had half a notion of telling him how much they SHOULD have been and what a huge blessing from God it was that they were only $8000.
“Sorry about that. It should all be fixed in about 60 seconds.”
“Could I have $60 in cash JUST IN CASE?”
Back to the grocery store, where some poor soul had just been commissioned to restock my goods. Whew. Paid, headed home, Ava and I had a discussion about joy in the midst of trials, ice cream a little soggy but hey.
All good. EDIT (8:48am): There’s an additional mysterious $3500 charge on our check card (on top of the $8000) + overdraft fees and we can’t use our card. Please pray for quick resolution and continuous joy.
Up tomorrow: James chapter 2. Who’s ready??