05 Feb Mailbox Slots…Don’t Do That!
Writing letters to friends and family is a joy. Finding colorful stickers to decorate envelopes and choosing the right card to send for a special occasion can be fun.
Visiting the local craft store provides a chance to bring out the creative side of my brain.
Walking each aisle to search for interesting cards, envelopes, stickers and possibly a small gift to give for a birthday or “thinking of you” occassion.
Bringing the craft items home, I arrange the various items on the dining room table and begin to assemble.
Looking at the calendar, I check for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and any other reason to send a greeting.
Pen in hand, I begin writing a note and signing the cards. Stickers attached, envelope sealed, address written and return address label attached, stamp in the top right corner. I am ready to walk to the mailbox and slide the envelopes in the mail slot.
How exciting to be sending greetings! I enjoy receiving mail and love sending mail.
Our neighborhood has a cluster mailbox. All of the boxes are located in one big metal container. Each home has a number and a key. We take the key and open the box to get our mail. The container is so tall that we have a footstool for people like me who can’t quite reach the top mailbox.
This past Monday, I arrived at the mailbox and prepared to place my letters in the slot. One by one, I checked each letter making sure there was a postage stamp affixed, return address and correct address of the person who would receive the letter.
All was well until I decided to stick my fingers a little too far into the mail slot, just to make sure the letters went all the way in the box.
Word of advice…”Don’t do that!” My fingers were almost stuck in the mailbox slot. I could have peeked at the slot. Instead, I chose to place my fingers in the slot.
Immediately, I pulled my fingers out and said, “Thank You Lord.” I was relieved my fingers didn’t stick in the slot. I could just imagine the emergency call.
“What is your emergency?
“Ah, my fingers are stuck in the mail slot.”
I could picture the person on the other end of the line sitting in shock, then saying,
“What did you say?”
Happy to report my fingers are well and I will not be placing those sweet fingers in the mailbox slot again. I will listen for the letters to drop inside the container. I will peek at the slot to make sure the letters are all the way in the box.
Have you ever done something so silly? Have you ever said out loud, “Thank You Lord.”
God is always with us, even when we do things that make no sense. I imagine God had a good laugh with me, too.
Have a blessed day,