Friday, October 14, 2011
God knows how much we can handle and when He can see that we are at our wits end He steps in and takes the pressure off. It seems to me that He steps in almost always at the last moment. On this occasion He sent me to Johannesburg at a time when there was so much pressure at work that I think that if I had stayed I would have exploded. Good timing, thank you Lord.
So here's my story of how God stepped in and sent me on holiday.
In my previous post I wrote about how God had answered my prayers, now let me tell about the actual blessing itself and what actually happened. I got a phone call from Philip, my boss, on the Monday before I left to tell me that on Wednesday instead of going to work and catching a bus from the building site I should rather catch one of the rapid bus transport system (RBTS) busses to where he lives and his wife would then take me to the workshop. This is all very well but these busses don't come anywhere near Melkbos. So firstly I had to catch a normal bus to one of the RBTS pick up points and then get off that bus near his home which I did. His wife met me at the bus station and took me to the workshop where I got a few things I was going to need in order to do a little work for the company while in Gauteng, the province in which Johannesburg is situated. (I think that I'm going to have to publish a map of South Africa so you can see where I'm talking about.) Anyway on arrival at the workshop I found that none of the company vehicles had fuel to be able to get me to the airport anyway so I needed to put R100.00 worth of fuel into the company pick up in order to get going, which I duly did. At this stage, as I said, I had no faith left and was just trying to get through each day as it presented itself.
I was going to be away for a few days but since I had been so exhausted for so long and laundry is not exactly one of the priorities of a single man, I had only done the washing to carry me through a few days at a time. My jeans were in any case worn out, my socks after months of safety boot wear were also no longer worth keeping and since shopping was definitely not one of my priorities all I packed were a few shirts. I was going to buy new clothes once I arrived anyway. Everyone who saw my tiny little back pack was flabbergasted. It was hilarious. When I finally arrived at the airport I checked in, this was in itself quite an undertaking since the airline had no record of my booking which had been the cheapest seat the company could find and had been done on-line at the last minute which seems to be the way they do everything. It took about an hour for them to sort out but once everything was settled I went through to the departure lounge. I had about two hours to kill before boarding which allowed me to have something to eat and drink. It's not all that difficult to relax when all you can do has been done and now everything is out of your hands. I bumbled around and took a few photographs before boarding knowing that I would write about this at some time but there really isn't much to take pictures of in an airport.When we finally boarded the plane I landed up with a window seat. This was fine in my estimation, only thing is, it was over the wing so as far as a view was concerned, there was none. Hmph! Oh well I was on my way, relaxed and looking forward to seeing my daughter and my family.
Friday morning and I awoke with a slight hangover, not surprising really after last nights celebration. I got going rather early and went to Myles's factory to get some paint I needed to sort out the next store I was on my way to. I also took the opportunity to call Philip my boss and to arrange for him to send more of the fittings he wanted me to install, I have no idea why he sent me up with so few, give me a whole lot and I will bring the left overs back with me. Makes sense to me. Anyway Myles wanted to show me his new home and what they had done with their garden. I hadn't been to visit my family for about six years so there were lots of changes. We had some strong coffee and then it was off to work for me again.
I couldn't get very much done because of the shortage of fittings, they were supposed to be delivered by courier the following morning. I did what I could and then went shopping for new clothes. Jeans and socks and so on. I found out where the remaining shopping centres were that I was going to have to visit and made a few arrangements with the particular stores to gain access. By then it was afternoon and since all Toni's friends were coming around to celebrate my birthday with us that evening I bought some eats. Cheese, lots of different types some of which I had never seen before. I got things like cold meats and snack type things too.
Of course the bits I needed to complete the job I was supposed to take care of were not available on Saturday morning, instead of sending them by courier the company had sent them by overnight post and that meant they would only be collectable on Monday. This meant I was only going to get back to Cape Town on Tuesday night, rats. We went shopping on Saturday and just spent the day relaxing. Shelley came to collect me in the evening so we could spend some time together. It is good to spend time with your children catching up on each other's lives. We went to church the following morning together but Craig was sick so couldn't join us. It was nice to see where she worships the Lord and I enjoyed the service. Then it was back to Toni's place. Shelley is studying for her B.com degree through Unisa, South Africa's largest distance university so she went back to her studies.
This post is long enough for now so I will leave the trip for the next one. I hope you have enjoyed my little story and come back for part two.
God bless you my friends, hopefully now that I have a little more time on my hands I can keep up with this.
Lots of love to all of you, Geoff.