Traveling Between Blunders and Blessings

As seen at The Christian Pulse, Posted: 08 Nov 2012 05:26 AM PST. The page with this article has since been taken down, but I am still grateful for The Christian Pulse.

It was the best worst day. I traveled by myself to downtown Chicago for the first time for an interview. I sent out oh-so-many applications and resumes. This was one of two companies that called back. I put on my dry-clean only clothes, prepared my answers, and gave myself pep-talks. While on the elevated train, I got a phone call from the interviewer. They cancelled. I got off at the next stop, and started the train ride into despair.

After the train ride, I still had a 20-minute drive home. While sulking, I didn’t retrieve my paid ticket. I couldn’t get out of the garage. I didn’t have $40 for a new ticket. I kept putting my credit card into the machine, praying for the gate to let me out.

Eventually, a garage employee found me crying. I couldn’t catch my breath to tell my story. She said she’d pay my way out. A single working mom footed my bill. I couldn’t believe it, and instantly felt guilty as a single person. As that gate lifted, my spirits did too. I wanted to take a minute to thank God for this employee.

I pulled into the nearest gas station and prayed. The car jolted when a woman hit my parked car. She recently lost her job and didn’t have money to fix the “fat lip” from a previous accident on her front bumper. It bounced me off my recent rise in spirits. It was the worst of days.

After I quit wallowing, God repaired everything in one swipe. Later I got the job without the interview. I was let out of the gate without paying extra and I never again forgot to grab my paid ticket. The woman who hit me gave me job tips that I passed along to others. The car was not damaged.

Those plans and the pep-talk I gave myself that morning could not have prepared me for that day, yet God made it successful.

QUOTE: “When men have done their worst and finished, it is the time for God to begin. And when God begins He is likely, with one blow, to reverse all that has been done without Him.” F.B. Meyer

“There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord” (Proverbs 21:30 NIV).

Photo by Sergi Kabrera on Unsplash

© 2012, Mollie Bond. All rights reserved. Published at


  1. Beautiful reminder of how God takes care of us, no matter how bad the day is. I recently heard the statement that we may not control our surroundings, but we do control our reactions. I’m trying to remember this when such days roll around.


    • I agree, but I think I would go one step further…that it isn’t our reactions we control, but our responses. That word “response” reminds me to take a breath before a knee-jerk reaction. And it gives me a chance to remember the Lord! So I say in all honesty, have a blessed day! Can’t wait to see your blog soon!!


    • Thank you! This is also a better devo because my Word Weavers critique group helped me polish it! I can’t take all the credit…in fact, I don’t think I can take any credit! 🙂


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