I am convinced, that there are two sides to every coin. Sometimes one side looks far better than the other. One may be more interesting... seem shinier... or it may simply be easier to understand and to relate to.
How often do we view one side of a coin, forgetting what is on the other? Or worse... How often do we get so wrapped up in one side, that we don't even have a clue of the beauty that the other side holds?
About a year ago, the kids and I went to Spokane with Miles to help him set up for the Fishing Show. We drove in separate cars since the fishing equipment/boats filled up the truck leaving room for only two people in it. Miles parked the truck right next to the building at parking reserved for unloading, while I parked the car down the street.
When it came time to go, I decided to go get the car and meet Miles and the kids in the parking lot where we would load the vehicles. I would follow him home from there (I followed him to the show – unfortunately not keeping track of how to get there so I would know how to get home). Miles asked me if I was sure I wanted to do that.
“You won’t get lost, will you?”“Of course not!” I assured him, “the car is straight down the street.” :O ("Honestly, what kind of air head does he think I am?" ~ I thought to myself...)
Getting to the car was as easy as I predicted. Getting back to the truck with a million one way streets in an area I was unfamiliar with, and knot knowing how far down the road was far enough etc…. was a whole other story!
I should have checked the name of the street before I left, but didn’t think of it until it was too late. I just kept going around the block, passing several streets, but never going up far enough to get to the street I needed to go on. It was a nightmare!
So I decided to finally go far enough down the road! Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that the road changed further up, and would not lead me to where I needed to go.
Long story short, I got lost. I had to get directions back to the show, and the woman who have me directions also told me I would have to park down the street and walk up to the center because of the one way street there.
I drove right back to where I had previously parked. Then I prayed to God, thanking Him that I was no longer lost; and while praying, I asked Him WHY He made me this way?
God has a sense of humor. The answer that entered my mind was simply one word.
I assured Him that His tactics were working - THOROUGHLY!
I was not only humble; I was humiliated!!!
As I walked toward the show, I saw my better half, Miles, walking towards me. He had a huge smile on his face as he asked me,
“You got lost, didn’t you?”“Yes!” I told him. “It was horrible!” And then I assured him, “I am LOST without you - LITERALLY!”
Miles laughed, enjoying it entirely! He quietly slipped his hand in mine and held it tight as we walked. I could feel the love and joy within him, flowing from his hand into mine.
Miles later told me in relation to this; “You are SO SMART! And yet, you still need me.”
The answer to his response reverberated in my heart and mind: We are such opposites. Two sides of the same coin. One of us a right hand, and the other a left. A peaceful feeling of gratitude for all my many blessings flooded over me. After a moment of reflection which seemed to go on much longer, I answered him,
"More than you could ever know, Miles! Oh SO much more!"
I suppose God knows what he is doing, after all...