God answers my prayers all the time, even when I forget to pray. This is the story of a divine appointment you’re not going to believe!
The same weekend we moved to a nearby town, my husband got called back into the workforce after being a stay-at-home daddy for our precious baby girl. We had to find daycare! Oh, where to start?
We didn’t know our new neighborhood so immediately started researching. My head was swimming in reviews, ratings and mommy recommendations. We narrowed it down to two, booked appointments and took Friday afternoon off to tour the facilities.
The first place was peaceful, organized and structured. The second place could not have been more different – lively, noisy, rambunctious. I walked out of the second place knowing exactly where I would want to put our baby girl if I had to pick between the two. Turns out, my husband had the exact opposite inclination! What were we going to do? We were at a crossroad and the discussion quickly turned into a good-old-fashioned-married-couple-fight.
On top of it all, I had accidentally shipped a package to our old house and had to retrieve it from a former neighbor. So in the worst part of Friday afternoon traffic, we trekked across town.
Our neighbors could tell we were upset so we explained our dilemma of needing a new daycare come Monday. The wife quickly asked why we were not looking at Primrose – as everybody knows Primrose is “the best”. So I explained there were two Primrose locations in our new town – and neither were close to our house. Also, I had heard that Primrose was expensive so quickly dismissed them as an option.
But the husband said very calmly, “Wouldn’t you pay any price, and drive any distance to ensure your baby girl is in the best possible place?”
Ouch! How could I refute that? We were stuck…why not take a serious look? Maybe this would be the compromise my husband and I desperately needed – and fast!
On the drive back home through Friday afternoon traffic, I started researching the two Primrose locations on my phone. While neither were close to our house, one was in the direction of my work, and the other in the direction of my husband’s work. I asked hubby how we would ever pick between the two locations. He graciously offered the one on the way to my work, so he would be the one driving out of his way when it was his turn to drop off or pick up the munchkin.
I accepted his loving gesture and quickly submitted an online request for a tour on Monday (grumbling under my breath the whole time about having to take more time off work). The website did not give me the definitive response I was looking for – rather a generic comment about seeing us soon. Knowing we were under a tight deadline, I dialed the daycare to book the appointment.
After telling the person that answered the phone that we wanted to come for a tour– she somehow called me by my maiden name and offered that we would could come anytime we wanted. She said, “If this is Holly McEwen, you should come right now!”
My jaw was on the floorboard of the car, as I shockingly asked how she knew who I was without even a hint of an introduction – much less my maiden name from 16 years ago!
It was Amy, my childhood best friend who had received my online submission and knew in an instant this was meant to be. We had started our lives in the church daycare together when we were only babies ourselves. We hadn’t seen each other in many, many years. Amy had only taken over as the daycare director of this location 4 weeks prior, and insisted we come at once to sign up.
The reunion was as joyous as you can imagine. After swooping our baby girl into her arms, Amy showed us which classroom she would be in at the daycare, gave us all the paperwork and reassured us she would keep a close eye on our precious cargo.
Leaving our baby with Amy each day is like leaving her with family. Our mother’s each shed a tear after hearing this story, remembering putting their own baby girls into the church daycare side-by-side.
I don’t know how God pulled that one off – how He used a package delivered in error to get us to the right daycare in a city with over 70 daycare options. Then, my husband picking one of the two Primrose options when they were the same distance from our house. And, if it had been 4 weeks earlier, Amy wouldn’t have been there! Thank you God!
I’m at a loss for where in the Bible it says we can be forgetful, selfish humans and forget to seek God in all things…but He will answer the desires of our heart anyway. If you have a good verse for this…please leave it in the comments. For now, I’ll leave you with this favorite:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)