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What Is Important About #36?

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In my blog a few weeks ago I told you of my landscaping adventures. Well, today is the sequel to that blog.

Not only did I have major landscaping done in the area of scrubs and trees, I also needed some major sod (grass) in certain areas of my yard. I don’t have a truck, so I use the big trunk of my cute little car as a “truck bed.” I called and ordered the sod, prepared my trunk with plastic, and off I went to pickup the grass. I went into the office, paid for so many yards of sod and went out back to pick it up (had no idea what I was doing or buying). The nice young man that was loading my car wanted to know if I wanted rolls or squares. (You can image what I thought. I knew nothing about sod except for the fact it was green and I would have to mow it one day.) I told him whatever he thought would fit in my trunk for the amount of yards I paid for. He said that this would come up to 36 squares. I told him to go ahead and if we needed to, I brought extra plastic for the backseat.

My trunk took exactly 36 squares of grass, not 37. The trunk would not hold any more than 36.

Not long after that, I needed to get some pine straw to go in my yard. I figured that I would need 20-25 bales of straw. Remember, I don’t have a truck, just a trunk (I can put 4 bales of pine straw in my trunk. Been there and done that). My neighbor called me one morning and said that his truck was empty, would I like for him to take me and get my pine straw. I was over joyed and said yes right away before he could change his mind. As we were on our way, he said that his truck would probably hold around 25-30 bales. I was very happy. We told the man that was loading us up to put as many as he could on the truck.

The truck took exactly 36 bales of pine straw. We could not have gotten 37 on the truck.

When I put the pine straw in my yard (around the plants, bushes, trees, etc.), it took exactly 36 bales, not 35 nor 37.

What is so important about the number 36? Nothing!

It had no spiritual significance for me. However, the significance for me was that it got my attention.

You see, it made me realize (again), that God cares about our everyday lives. He doesn’t just care about the spiritual, but He cares about our “entirety.” He cares about what we care about. He cares about our needs and He cares about our wants. He knew what I needed and how many I would need.

I am convinced that every morning when I get up, God alerts heaven that “She is up. Get your gear on. Oil your wings. It is going to be a busy day.” I am sure that there are days, that He rolls with laughter at the things I do (I know I do). I am convinced at the end of the day, God says, “She is down for the night. You guys can rest.”

That sounds silly doesn’t it? But there is one thing that I know for sure and that is that He is in control of my life.

Is He in control of your life? You see, He not only cares about me, but He cares just as much for you.

You see, I learned a long time ago that Proverbs 3:5-6 really works:

  • “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

In other words, don’t worry about #36, just thank Him.

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