Poor Nana, she’s doing the best she can

By Jan Davis
Special to The PREVIEW

One morning, our daughter, Andria, called and asked if it would be possible to take the kids to school. Mike had plans to meet a friend for coffee, but I said, “Sure, I’ll be right over.”

I’d never driven them, but I was familiar with the route. I pulled up to Andria’s house and the kids came out and piled into the car. I had three stops, high school, middle school and elementary.

Braxton helped with directions and I dropped him off at the high school with one slight detour. Not a problem, there was still time to get Charlee and Audrey to their schools. A couple of wrong turns later, I dropped Charlee off at the middle school. Audrey in the back seat said, “Nana you know where my school is, right?”

“Sure baby, don’t worry, Nana will have you there in a couple of minutes.” True to my word, we could see the school ahead. I circled the block and pulled up to the drop off.

“Nana, this is the wrong drop off. Mine is around the corner.”

“Oops.” How many drop-offs can one elementary school have?

Audrey waved a hasty goodbye and headed off to class. Pleased with myself, I headed home to enjoy a second cup of coffee. They were delivered to the right schools and on time.

Later, Andria called laughing. Nana had been the topic of conversation at dinner. The grandkids shared their version of the morning ride to school. To hear them tell, I drove around in circles.

Audrey enjoyed the stories her brothers told and shared her adventure. The punchline came when she said, “Poor Nana, she’s doing the best she can.” We girls must stick together!

My journey with Christ is a lot like that drive to school. I often take the long way around instead of the preferred route. I make a wrong turn and wind up in the wrong place. I may even go in circles. Regardless, Christ says, “It’s OK, I know you’re doing the best you can. That’s all I ask.”

Because of Jesus, I may take a detour, but I am never lost.

“Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found,” Psalms 119:35 (NLT).

I love you, but Jesus loves you more.

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This story was posted on August 11, 2016.