How A New Pair of Shoes Saved a Man’s Life During 9/11

January 18, 2013

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In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, amazing stories began to surface about life-saving inconveniences.

Once man survived because his son started kindergarten that day.

Another fellow was alive because it was his turn to bring donuts.

One woman was late because her alarm clock didn’t go off in time.

One was late because of being stuck on the New Jersey Turnpike due to an auto accident.

One man missed his bus.

One spilled food on her clothes and had to take time to change.

One’s car wouldn’t start.

One couldn’t find a taxi.

Another guy put on a new pair of shoes that morning. On his way to work, he developed a blister on his foot. What an inconvenience! He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid and that’s why he’s alive today.

So when you’re stuck in traffic, miss an elevator, turn back to answer a ringing telephone, or encounter any of the other little things that annoy you, stop and remind yourself, This is exactly where God wants me to be at this very moment.

And the next time your morning seems to be going wrong, the children are slow getting dressed, you can’t seem to find the car keys, or you hit every traffic light, don’t get mad or frustrated. It may just be that God is at work watching over you.

Let’s not be so quick to label inconveniences as bad. Let’s not be so quick to dread flat tires, sick days, bad news, and schedule changes. In His great love, God might just be shielding us. And chances are, they’re not burdens at all. They’re blessings in disguise.

May God continue to bless us with all those annoying little things. And may we remember their possible purpose.