The day finally approaching is when I would meet with a lady, who works directly with girls coming out of juvenile hall and who are placed in group homes. When I arrived for our meeting, we sat and spoke about why she is doing what she is doing and how I may be able to help her by doing what I used to do.
She escorted me around to see the amenities in and around the property. There was a kitchen in place, but, it was rather small. I thought we can make it work. but, I will need to figure out how.
As we sat down to speak near the front door, there were women pulling up in their cars to volunteer for a fashion show that will be taking place in the juvenile hall. I recognized someone who walked through the door, we were both surprised to see each other there.
This particular organization helps restore lost dreams and over a course of several months will help inspire a sense of value and purpose for these girls.
What do I do because, the day was finally approaching, what am I supposed to do….want to do…what do I feel like I should do?
As I was preparing for my first upcoming event with these girls. I thought I should…even though I am being prompted to… He was prompting me to… yet, I pushed back. I told my self its going to be all about spending time with these girls versus showing them how to make, bake and decorate.
High Risk Girls
The girls that I was going to be spending time with for the first time are considered “high-risk” for abuse, sexual exploitation and sex-trafficking.
Approaching the day of the event…I had to verify that I had all the baking and decorating supplies that would be required to carry out this hands on event.What If…thinking about, what ‘if’ (which caused me to start rethinking) making everything on site at the facility.
Follow Up Phone Call
The day was finally approaching. I phoned to get a final head count and to see how much time we had to make, bake and decorate. She gave a window of 1 ½ hours if needed and around ten children.
I took it upon myself to tell the event coordinator that I would bring the cookies baked instead for the children to decorate. So, I moved forward with making the cookie dough.
Day finally approaching I decided I would bring the cookies baked and ready to decorate.
As I started mixing these ingredients, I thought, about how much time I was putting in, in advance. Then, when the cookies were in the oven , they spread out from the cutout shape. So, I had to think fast. I used the cookie cutter again (when the cookies were still warm), which left a frame around each cookie. When the cookies cooled, I popped the inner cookie out.
With the day finally approaching, I decided I would prep the icing without using the wet ingredients. Then I changed my mind and thought what if the icing does not turn out,? I would need time to run to the store to purchase more ingredients. I made the icing anyway
The Day Arrived
Finally, it was 8:30 am the time I leave for my bible study. I decided to check my e-mail to see an email from the event coordinator.
Good morning, I’m saddened to say I received a call from the group-home staff that they had a crisis last night and have to cancel today. I’m frustrated that it’s such short notice. We’ve had very few cancellations in the past.
This incident seemed rather odd so I’m a little worried, but, so sorry to do this to you with such short notice.
I know you’ve invested time and supplies and blocked this time month’s out. If there’s any chance we could reschedule not too far off in the near future, that would be great.
When you have time to just sit and talk I’d love to have coffee and hear your heart for ministry, I’m sorry and bummed.
After this email, I thought…but….I just did all this work…what am I to do with all these baked cookies and icing. I responded to her rather quickly with… if things change I am open to do something another time. I’m heading to my bible study I will be in touch soon!
I went to my bible study, when I arrived I spoke with one of the ladies who works in the children’s ministry. I sought her out for ideas after all, I needed a back up plan and I did not want the cookies to go to waste.
The ladies from the bible study said just freeze everything. I paused and thought I should wait to see if maybe I am being impatient and reacting to quickly. Then, a thought crossed my mind. My daughter would like the opportunity to decorate the cookies. We decorated the cookies together and put each of them into a package for her classmates to enjoy.
The lesson I learned was to not alter what God prompted me to do! Did you notice all the ‘I’ statements versus the ‘Him’ statements?