Last week I had the honor of speaking at a women’s retreat in Florida. I was very excited about the opportunity and had prepared my talk over and over again. In fact, this event was supposed to happen last fall, but a hurricane prevented the get-together. So, I was pleased as my husband and I drove from Nashville to Florida, and apart from one nasty traffic jam, got there in plenty of time. All was well…or so I thought.
Since the event was going to be all day on Wednesday, we drove to the site to set up my book table and to check the sound system and other things on Tuesday afternoon. It was amazing…great room, nice facility, lovely hosts from the advisory team, perfect! We had just gotten everything set up and we’re getting ready to go to dinner. I decided to put all my notes on the platform where I’d speak and then I’d be prepared for the early morning session. And then it happened. Yup! Total embarrassment, total humble pie experience as I tripped off the platform, removed the nail from my big toe and sat horrified while everyone rushed to help me. Talk about making an impression!
We cleaned up my toe and blushing all the way, I headed off with the team for the dinner. Everyone was gracious and God took over because my toe never bothered me the whole time I was there speaking the next day. It didn’t hurt until I actually was driving home and heading back to Nashville.
So, I share this because I realize that no matter how much you prepare for something, you can get surprised by an unexpected event, even one that makes you feel humbled right down to your toes. It was an auspicious start, but the opportunity was not lost as we discussed what it means to be a woman of worth in God’s eyes. Trust me, your value to God has nothing to do with how well you can navigate your surroundings. It has everything to do with HIM and His love for you.
Fairway Christian Church ladies, you blessed me beyond measure. I’m going to do my best to stay on my toes.