When fate steps in, you step back and let be what is going to be. The difficulty for most comes in not knowing the exact reason why it is that certain things happen, especially when things don’t go as hoped or planned. Often, it isn’t until much later when we realize the ‘why’ it was or wasn’t meant to be. I am learning to be patient in discovering the ‘why’ because there always IS a reason. Sometimes, the reason may even be a life-changing one. Whether or not we come to fully know it, however, may be a different story.
Today, we should be in Hawaii enjoying the beach, the swaying palm trees, Longboard beer and our covered lanai overlooking the Pacific, but we are not. My husband and I took a series of misfortunes, including the day before we were due to leave, as a sign that we needed to re-think our vacation and so we did. Luckily, we were able to re-book for later in the summer. Confirmation, we think, that we were right in leaving well enough alone to stay in town for now.
What had me wondering after the initial disappointment dissipated somewhat was, ‘What is it that we avoided? A possible tragedy? (though hopefully not!) What is going to happen or maybe not happen, such that the Universe needs us to be here now? Could we be destined for something else, either now or later on when we are in Hawaii? Something more grand?’. And so, after some careful contemplation, I resolved that I may NEVER come to know exactly ‘why’ what happened did–I mean, the final straw was that our house was invaded by flying ants, which really is a little absurd to think about, but VERY real I assure you–but that I needed to accept it all just the same. And, I have. Well, mostly. (But seriously… flying ants? Anyway…)
When I think of these fateful kind of situations, like the one we are in now, I am reminded of a story that a friend told me–one which could have easily ended in tragedy had fate/the Universe/God not stepped in….
She was sitting at a red light in her car. The light turned green and she pressed the gas pedal to go, but nothing happened. In disbelief, she pressed on the pedal again and again and still nothing. ‘Weird‘. Just then, another vehicle blew through the intersection and crossed right in front of where she would have been in her car, driver side and all. Shaken and speechless, she realized that her frustration over her car ‘not working’ was taken over by a greater power in that moment in time and that had it not have, she might not have been here today to tell this hair-raising tale.
And so, just when I lost a Dash of hope in all things good, I reminded myself that everything truly does happen for a reason, ants and all. It’s part of the journey, our journey, and I am grateful for all that is in the here and now, including the fact that we are here to enjoy it for yet another glorious day, and a warm, sunny one at that!