Wednesday I had my whole day planned out down to the minute. Doctor’s appointment 8:30am, check. Meeting with Insurance man 10am, check. Leave for Michigan to go the 2014 Crest Pontoon Dealer show at 11… not so fast.
Circumstances kind of got out of my control. The insurance meeting took longer than expected, then problems at work and paper worked needed to be filled out and faxed. I did not get on the road until 12:30, an hour and a half behind my plans. As I drove I had a list running in my head of places I needed to stop and things that had to be done. First stop Chelsea Hospital to drop of copies of my book to the nurses in the Headache unit for all they did when I was there and to Dr. Saper the founder of Michigan Headache and Neurological Institute(MHNI). Then to MHNI in Ann Arbor to drop a copy off to Dr. Prestegaard who is my neurologist and to a nurse Anita who was of great help.
As I drove toward Ann Arbor I knew I needed to go to Chelsea first and just then I missed my exit. ARRGGHHH! This day has not been going well. Nothing as gone according to my plans.
Okay I will go to MHNI first, then back track to Chelsea Hospital. I pulled into a parking space and carried the books inside to the receptionists desk to give to Dr. Prestegaard and nurse Anita, check. Okay back on task, now to Chelsea. Not so fast…
Pulling out of the parking lot I noticed another Ohio plate and saw a “6” in the bottom left corner. The “6” represent Auglaize County which is just a mile from where I live. A young man was putting a bag into the van as I backed up. I said, “Hey you from Auglaize County?”
He responded with “Yes, I from St. Mary’s,” which is about three mile from my home. I put the truck in park and got out to introduce myself. After talking for a few minutes I found out that he had been dealing with headaches like myself and was at MHNI for a check up. I gave him my number so if he ever wanted to talk and started to leave. And then I felt the that I needed to give him my book. I got out of the truck and went to hand him the book and his mother was walking across the lot. I stopped her and introduced myself and explained where I was from and what I was doing.
She said, “You know Angie,” which I knew instantly who she was talking about. Angie had been trying to get us together for nearly six months, to talk about headaches. So here we are people from the same community almost two and a half hours from home meeting in a parking lot in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
I’m always amazed how God plans our steps even we get in the way. All of Angie’s plans for months and all my plans on that day had gone astray. His plans are always right on time. I love God-incidents.
Ted Goodwin is a speaker and author of the book “Lessons from a Headache.” In June of 2009 Ted was diagnosed with a “chronic daily migraine” headache. Despite constant pain since the headache began, Ted has not allowed it to stop him from living life to the full. He lives a life that is active, rewarding and full of joy. He diligently trained for and completed his first marathon in September 2010, despite the migraine.