We got snow today and they called off public schools. That in of itself is something to praise the Lord for. But, hidden behind white veil wonder is an amazing story of trust in the Lord. Let me explain.
Today was supposed to be the day KECSAC, one of the agencies that helps fund my school and thus one of which we are accountable to, was to visit (or monitor) my school in their annual audit. Preparation for this monitoring visit is extensive on my part. Being my usual procrastinating self, I started preparing just last week. The monitoring requires my staff and I to gather a tremendous amount of paperwork to show we are doing what is outlined in our Memorandum of Agreement. I was fretting over this pretty badly on Monday (a day we had off for MLK, Jr. Day).
In this situation, I calmed myself down and asked the Lord for guidance and focus. AT THAT MOMENT, THE ANXIOUSNESS WENT AWAY! I'm talking about a very physical sensation of tightness in my chest, much sighing and lethargicness JUST WENT AWAY. Poof. Just like that.
I slept well Monday night. Got alot of work finished yesterday. But at about 4:00, my printer died. No more documents. I was sure my anxiety would return. It did not. I went to Mass at 6:00 pm, had a meeting at 7:00 pm with some church folks, spent a relaxing evening with my wife and kids and woke up to snow!!!
My school system rarely closes school. In fact, I got an email from the superintendent yesterday reviewing one and two hour delays - just in case.
So, ultimately, I had to reschedule the monitoring visit for later this month which will give me time to get my printer fixed and be better prepared for the visit.
I know this isn't changing water to wine or anything so dramatic. But to me this series of events was a true testament to the power of prayer and the glory of God.
How ironic is it that on mycatholic.com today, the scripture verse for the day is:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.