I had a bit of an epiphany just now as I reflect on something that happened to me last night.
Every Friday and Saturday night I moonlight as a food courier for a local food delivery company – and this is in addition to my regular, daytime, 40 hours a week full time job. I work this 2nd job to pay off some bank and personal debt that have accumulated due to some unfortunate circumstances that have happened to me the last few years.
Anyway, something happened to me last night that gave me an insight into how God operates.
It was about 1.5 hours prior to the end of my shift and I got an order in which the restaurant and customer’s house were pretty far away from each other – but in the case of my job this is actually a good thing since
- a) the customer gets charged a higher delivery fee which is paid to me and
- b) unlike other orders, this customer is a good tipper which means this order is lucrative enough to start out with.
Anyway, I picked up the customer’s food and drove to the customer’s house. Despite the fact I was using Google Maps I was having problems finding the customer’s house. I called the customer to ask him how to get to his house and clarified his address. He then told me the address on the order was wrong – the address on the order was 72 Avenue and 138 Street, and the customer told me his address was actually 138 Avenue and 72 Street. I then became infuriated and notified my dispatcher that the address on the order was wrong (they have put the wrong address on the order in the past, so a precedent had been set for my frustration).
By this time I had already spent 30 mins on this order and wasn’t happy to hear this – and I had already lost another order which got reassigned to another customer in the process, meaning I had just lost income because of this screw-up! In my city, the address on the order is in the Southwest end of the city and the customer’s actual address is now in the Northeast end of the city. I had a 30-minute drive at night to get to the customer’s actual address now. Whoops. So, I plugged the new information into Google Maps and made my way to the actual address.
I got to the customer’s door and I expected him to be in a bad mood because his delivery had taken so long (despite the fact it wasn’t my fault). Instead, I was greeted by a very pleasant customer who explained to me that his wife put in the order on the company’s website and paid for it online, and her vision is not that great so she put in the wrong address in the order by accident, so this whole thing was their own fault. I felt so bad for this customer the whole time, but the customer said he felt so bad for me that he decided to throw math out the window and gave me an additional $30 cash for my trouble. My company also confirmed to me after I told them that they’d pay me a little extra for the order as well since I had such a long drive on this order. This means that in total on this 1 order, factoring in the guy’s $30 tip, I made $45 on just this order – and ended up setting a record for income in 1 shift. I made 3 figures off this one night, something that has never happened to me before. The real kicker is the order I lost I might’ve made $10-15 on at most, but with all the extra money I made because of this gaffe I ended up making way more than I would’ve otherwise.
As I reflected on this today, it struck me that this is often the way God works. God throws all kinds of stress and adversity our way and often times we get angry, stressed out, frustrated or anxious asking him “Why me?” When often times once the situation plays itself out, we end up on the other side of it in better shape than we were before. That food order took me almost 1.5 hours to deliver, but I made more money on it than I would’ve if I had the right address from the start and moved on to another order sooner.
How many times have we heard people who have gone on a weight loss journey in their 40s, 50 or older and after they reach their goal they say “I have more energy now than I did when I was in my 30s.” This is often what adversity will do to us. We see it as a bad thing at the time but God has a plan for us and is shaping us in His image, so that we can fulfill His purpose for our life. Oftentimes we end up better once we get out of it than we were before we got into it.
So if you’re going through adversity right now, just remember that God has your back and you’ll come out at the other end of it better than you were before. God bless and as a great Canadian TV Show once said, “Keep your stick on the ice.”