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Topic: CROWD (07/06/17)
- TITLE: Lifted Above
By Donna Powers
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Today I slept through my alarm, found a text from my bank saying I’m overdrawn and my work partner called out sick. I haven’t had a date in two months - and I’d like to forget the last few I’ve had. I got halfway to work before I realized I’d forgotten my lunch, and I got a coffee stain on my favorite white blouse.
And then I got a flat tire.
Yup. It was one of those days. I just wanted to cry.
Instead, I took a deep breath, cried out to God, and then called the auto club to come change my tire.
On days like this, I always remind myself of a day when I was 10 years old.
That evening had begun with me having the time of my life. Dad had taken me to see the ice show, and it was so much fun to see the Disney princesses skating. I couldn’t believe Dad had agreed to go, but he’d said it was my birthday present. He’d told me he wanted “his princess to see all her favorite princesses.” Yeah, he was cheesy that way. He still is.
When I saw Belle and Jasmine and Elsa on the ice, I’d gotten so excited. Belle and Elsa were my favorite Disney Princesses. I know that’s corny, but I couldn’t help it. I’m a book lover like Belle and had been fascinated by Elsa. During the previous winter, I’d built a snow fort with as much ice as I could find; and pretended to be Elsa.
That ice show was amazing, and I’d loved it. After the intermission, I remember Ariel, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella had been scheduled to come out. I’d wondered how Ariel could skate; after all, how could the water she swims have any ice in it? Anyway, I’d really wanted to see her.
During intermission, I asked Dad if I could get a soda. My throat had been raw from cheering. Dad had told me to go ahead, and gave me money. I wasn’t scared to go alone. I’d done it before; at Smurfs on Ice. I got cotton candy and a cola, but then I couldn’t remember which door I’d come through.
I tried the one nearest the refreshment stand. When I opened that door, all I saw was a sea of heads - and they were all taller than me. I couldn’t see my Dad. My stomach flooded with panic; my soda and cotton candy lost their appeal. I tentatively went down the stairs; scanning each row frantically for something familiar. My panic mounted because nobody anywhere looked like Dad. When I got to the bottom of the steps and still hadn’t found him, I burst into tears.
I knew I was too old to cry, but I couldn’t help it. After a few minutes, a security guy saw me. I knew I shouldn’t talk to strangers, but he was a security guy and he looked safe. He asked me what was wrong. I told him. He asked to see my ticket but I couldn’t find it. My cotton candy dropped onto the floor and fell off its cone; that’d started the tears all over again.
“Don’t worry, sweetie. I’ll help you find your Dad.” His smile calmed me.
He led me back to the top of the stairway. Then, he lifted me on his shoulders. Suddenly, I could see the whole auditorium. There were still zillions of people but at that height, I could see them from a different perspective. I quickly figured out the area where we’d been sitting. When I’d shown the guy where Dad was, he’d smiled. He took me down from his shoulders and led me back to Dad.
I’d never been so happy to see Dad in my life. He smiled and said, “Just in time, Princess. Ariel will be out in a few minutes.”
By the way, Ariel skated like she lived on that ice. I hadn’t questioned it; I’d just enjoyed it.
So, on days like this – or whenever I can’t see my heavenly Father through the horde of problems in my life, I cry out for help – just as I did at that ice show. And my cries lift me up – just as that nice security guy did – so I can see my Father clearly.
And I’m always glad to see Him.
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