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I ordered a headboard almost four months ago, and it has yet to arrive at my house.
First, it was delayed by the pandemic. The package was coming from China, and exports were understandably halted for a time. I’m reasonable, and the headboard was exactly what I wanted for my bedroom. I figured it was worth the wait.
Every couple of weeks, I would check the tracking information to see if the package was in transit. I saw other headboards that were OK and thought about cancelling the order and settling for one that was closer and could be delivered quickly. But the package finally shipped, so I continued to wait.
The tracking information now says it arrived at my house six weeks ago and was placed in my mailbox. I assure you, that did not happen.
The supplier will not issue a refund because the package is marked as delivered. The post office is trying to figure out how a large headboard could have disappeared. I spoke with a sweet postal worker who remembered seeing it.
“One thing about it, there’s no way that package could fit in your mailbox. It was pretty big,” she said.
I’m frustrated. I think anyone in my position would be. I just want what is rightfully mine.
It’s hard to see God’s hand at work when it seems like we’ve invested in something that has not and may not arrive. As much as I tell God that every event in my life need not be a parable, that I will surely praise Him when things go as planned and arrive as expected, He continues to do things His way.
Fine, God. Fine. I want a pretty bedroom, but especially at this moment, I need the lesson.
My package may not be here yet, but it’s marked as delivered. It has shipped. It’s in town. The lady at the post office has seen it. The supplier has upheld its part of the transaction.
We can trust God to deliver just what He said. The timing may not make sense in the natural world, but He is an on-time God. His promise is still good. The blessing is already marked as delivered. Even though it hasn’t arrived, we can rest assured that it’s close.
Our investment is not wasted. When the time is right, it will arrive.
LaMonique Hamilton is a Wilson resident and former Times reporter and copy editor. She is the national deputy director of communications for Repairers of the Breach and the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and blogs about arts and culture at iamlamonique.com.