As I was driving north to work, I spotted this view of the moon to the west, over the foothills. I pulled off to take the picture - you wouldn't believe the force of the cars that passed me on their way to work in a big hurry!
The forecast for today was in the 60s, so I dressed lighter and wore a light jacket. It was in the 30s at this time, however. I've been parking in a free zone at the university (few and far between!), because I get there early enough to do so. I wanted to be sure I wasn't too close to the end of the curb (so I wouldn't get a $25 ticket), or too close to the person behind me (so they couldn't get out), so I jumped out of the car to check it. When I got back, (two feet and two minutes later!), my very smart car had locked itself with me outside looking in! My new gas ($46.60 to fill it this week-end) was going away into the air.
Of course, my spare key was in the car in my purse. Feeling oh so stupid, I went into the building across the street. It was too early for anyone to be in the offices, but I hoped that someone was like me - trying to get a bit of work done before the students arrive. I was fortunate enough to find a classroom open, Woo Hoo, there was a phone! Thank you, Lord! (Before you ask, yes, I have a really pathetic little cell phone, but it was also locked inside the car).
My sweet husband was home enjoying his last few moments before heading for work - thank you, Lord!! I explained my predicament to him, tried to explain where I was, and finally told him to just drive down Lake Street until he saw me standing in front of my running minivan.
I went back out there and began leaning against my car, deciding God must have wanted me to spend some time talking to Him and had to get my attention in a dramatic way. Yes, I had skipped my devotions this morning! I got the message of that Larnell Harris song that I love, but puts me under conviction, "I Miss My Time With You."
Meantime, I was getting really cold and stiff standing there. I did get to watch the university sort of come to life. I saw a group of young ladies who were all dressed up and getting ready for a presentation - how do I know that? I know it because students always "clean up really good" when they have a presentation, there is a lot of nervous energy going on, and they bring all sorts of "stuff" to class.
Thirty minutes later, DC arrived, clicked my door open with his automatic key fob, and I was on my way. He gave me good advice - "Don't let this ruin your day! Let it go!"
I was so embarrassed that I did not share this story with my co-workers (besides the fact that I was already behind when I got there), but here I am baring my soul to the cyber world.
Have a wonderful week! Hopefully we'll have Chapter 4 up in the next day or two.