All Things Work Together

I was a newlywed, straight out of college, working at a tutoring center when I pulled up to the shopping center where I worked and a voice said, "Park in the front."

"What??" I replied. "No! I'm not parking in the front! Then I have to unlock the door super fast and run to the back to turn off the alarm. It's too much trouble. No."

So I parked in the back, like usual.

That day, my car was broken into and my backpack was stolen out of the back seat.

This was 2002 and some of you might remember the gas shortage in Phoenix that summer. I was planning to spend the night with friends that night to save the gas from commuting all the way home so besides several library books I'd have to pay to replace, my toiletries and clothes were also stolen...along with my birth control pills.

It's important to note that after reading a brochure about Natural Family Planning from a Catholic co-worker about the effects of The Pill, I'd been praying about the possibility of stopping them. The stolen pills seemed to be my answer. I went on to teach myself Fertility Awareness, which became a turning point in my journey as a mother as well as in my health. I saw those stolen pills as a gift.

Here's the kicker, though. I feel that the Holy Spirit had told me to park in the front to AVOID getting the backpack stolen. Since that incident, I always try to "obey the voice." But if I'd have obeyed it that day, I might have kept taking The Pill and that could have affected my fertility, my health and even my future children.

Looking back, I have to believe that going off The Pill was right for me. If my backpack hadn't been stolen, I trust that He would have shown me some other way. In fact, I believe that the stolen pills was His plan B for having me stop The Pill--because I didn't chose the first option.

This incident is my reminder that "God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:29) He will accomplish what He sets out to do...even when we're stubborn. I am resolved, however, to take the hint the first time so He doesn't have to resort to plan B. Library books are expensive to replace...and sometimes the cost is even higher.

Tabitha Dumas