This past weekend my husband and I travelled a few hours out of town to a wrestling tournament. It's a small town, so you wouldn't think it would be so difficult to find the high school - all sports parents know to look for the stadium lights. But somehow we got the wrong address off the website, and Mapquest sent us to a side residential street with no high school in sight.
Husband wanted to keep driving (you know the Don't-Ask-For-Directions male gene) but we decided to stop at a gas station because otherwise we would be late. Of course it was up to me to find someone knowlegable. Stopping was enough of a consession.
The first person I asked looked confused and said "I think it's down that street" pointing to a side street. Hmmm ... pretty sure she was wrong.
So I rushed into the store and asked someone stocking the shelves. He didn't know. Strike two.
Within seconds a very saavy sale clerk approached me offering to help. Maybe she sensed my panic and growing frustration - after all, how could two people NOT know where the only high school in town was??? Didn't they drive by the stadium lights every day?
Taking the situation firmly in hand, Miss Competent told me precisely how to get to the high school.
"Go left here, go to the fourth light and turn right by Chase Bank. Then go to the next light and turn right at Sizzler. Then go to the next light and turn right at Jack in the Box."
I love a lady who knows her restaurants! And her way around town. Boom, boom, boom. Within minutes we were finding a seat in the gym, identifying our son among the hundreds of kids on the mats, and settling in for a LONG day of wrestling.
I've always heard about small town directions. Long after the family is gone, the yellow house on the corner is known as the Campbell place. Bridges, water towers and cow pastures provide common directional landmarks. Not always so in the city ... unless the resident once lived in a small town.
Thank you to the kind lady at the gas station who took pity on a city girl.
I think there's a spiritual message or parallel in here, but I can't quite find it. If anyone has any insight, please post your thoughts. I'd love to write a devotion about this experience, but need a biblical connection. I'll give you credit too!
Looking forward to hearing from you.
In His Love,