In the right place at the right time.

Have you ever had a moment where you felt like you were in the right place at the right time? We are actually always in the right place at the right time. Whether good or bad, we are meant to be precisely where we are.

This past September my husband and I were having our youngest daughter baptized. We had asked our good friend, Lars, who was already Godfather to our oldest daughter if he would be our youngest daughter’s Godfather as well. He said he would be most honored to be her Godfather. Now he wasn’t sure if he was going to be able to make it to her baptism. It was being held in my hometown of Medicine Hat, a 3 hour drive from Calgary. Lars was supposed to spend some time that day with his own father, who was supposed to be going out-of-town for a while. When I had learned that news, I told him that I would understand if he could not make it, as spending time with family is deeply important to me.

Also invited that day was Ry’s brother and his family. I was greatly pleased that they had decided to come down and celebrate in Reese’s baptism. They are not overly religious people, yet as I mentioned above, family is important. So they decided to come and show their love and support for their niece.

That Sunday, the service began. Everyone was there, except Reese’s Godfather and aunt and uncle. I was getting nervous wondering where everyone was. I also felt a bit sad, especially for the fact that Justin and his family had come all that way to celebrate Reese’s baptism, to end up missing it all. Ry reminded me to have faith and that everyone would be where they were meant to be when the time comes. We had received news earlier that morning that Lars was in fact on his way, however, I couldn’t help wondering what had happened to Justin and his family. There was a moment for silent prayer just before the actual baptism was to take place. I prayed that everyone would be where they were meant to be at the moment of Reese’s baptism. A few minutes before the baptism, in walks Lars and Justin and his family. They were all there to witness the beautiful moment of Reese’s baptism.  I was filled with awe that when you have some faith and believe, that even the impossible can happen.

Another moment of being in the right place at the right time comes to mind as I’m writing this. In November 2001, Ryan was supposed to embark on a trip down to Ecuador and the Galapagos. He was so excited about this trip until September 11th happened. He then started getting anxious about flying and in the end decided to call the whole thing off. Originally he was suppose to fly through Houston on his way to Quito, when his flight got rescheduled, and he would be flying through Chicago. This made him even more nervous, since he would be flying right along the Eastern seaboard. Around the time his flight was scheduled, he heard in the news that an engine had fallen off a plane overhead of New York. He took that as an omen that he was glad he canceled his trip.

Of course, September 11th brought along a whole slurry of stories of people who happened to be in the right place at the right time. As sad as it was, even the people whose lives were sacrificed that day, ended up being where they were meant to be. Those that happened not to be in the Trade Towers that day for whatever reason, whether it was they were sick, were taking their children to their first day of school, or they were simply late, they were meant to be where they were when they were there. Their lives have been changed drastically because of it.

So whether it is a joyous occasion, a sad occasion, or those moments we happened to be running late for something, remember that at any given moment in time, we are in the right place. Take each moment as a lesson, and never make up excuses for being somewhere else, as you were in the right place at the right moment.

J.

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