It's funny how your day doesn't go exactly how you expect it, but in the end you realize why. Subhan Allah.
Let me be more specific.
This month there has been extra curricular activities on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tuesdays I stay after to help assist the teacher because the class is big and the ages are from 1st grade to 4th.
Today I was stuck at the school until 5 (should have been out by 4:30) because some parents were late picking up their children. I was slightly annoyed but whatever. Then when I was driving home, I was less then a mile from my house when I realized I left my purse in my classroom. So I drove home, brought my things inside, prayed maghrib and decided to head back to the school. The weather is bad and I didn't want to risk being stuck without it.
Before I left I asked my mom if she could spare $5.. I wanted to stop by a coffee shop and treat myself to a decaf breve latte & cranberry scone. tee hee. She gave me the cash and I was on my way.
For whatever reason.. I dawdled a bit. I did get my purse, but instead of going to the coffee ship down the street from the school.. I drove back to my side of town. I put my last $20 I had saved for gas in my tank (Insha Allah it lasts me to pay day!!)and decided to go to the big Starbucks that I rarely go to. It is connected to a bookstore and I had it in mind to order my stuff, walk around the bookstore for a bit and just go home. I am by myself, mind you.
When I finally made it to SB, out of the corner of my eye I saw someone who looked like the husband of my friend (one I have not mentioned). After ordering I turn to double check and subhan Allah it was this friend!
I ended up staying 3 hours at the SB chatting away with my friend. Her husband left to let us be alone. It felt so normal for a change.. I felt like my old self. Alhamdulillah.
So why am I so philosophical? Because IF I hadn't been late leaving school.. IF I hadn't forgotten my purse and decided to go back... IF I had decided to go to a different coffee shop... Well who knows what if. I guess as Muslims we don't dwell on the things or choices we didn't or should've made... but really... If I had taken the easy way out on things.. I'd have missed out on seeing my friend.
I benefitted so much from seeing her. I thank Allah for making things different today. I thank Allah for making it meant to be that I run into this friend. Alhamdulillah for the small stuff.