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(A devotional thought from the book One Smile, One Heart)
All three of us had a child performing in the “Morgan County Night of Bands” at Brewer High School, an annual show by area high school marching bands. Janice’s daughter was a majorette, Julia’s daughter was a drum major, and my son was part of a drumline.
“Roy and I are going to follow the band bus to Brewer,” Janice said.
“Julia, do you want to ride with me?” I asked. “Surely we can’t get lost. It’s one road from Decatur to Brewer with no turns!” We all had a good laugh.
On the night of the show I picked up Julia. We headed south on Highway 67 and forty minutes later we were there. No big deal. The show was loud and colorful and fun. And, of course, our three kids were amazing! After the show Julia and I said goodbye to Janice and walked to my car. Traffic was backed up horribly with everybody trying to get out of the parking lot. Finally we were able to pull onto the road to start for home.
We chattered non-stop about the different bands and the themes of their shows. We discussed our kids and our husbands and our parents. We dreamed out loud of vacation plans for the next year. You know, best friends can cover a lot of topics during a forty-minute drive.
Then out of nowhere a strange thing appeared—a stop sign. I rolled to a stop. I looked at Julia. Julia looked at me.
“Where in the world are we?” I exclaimed.
“I have no idea!” Julia exclaimed louder.
“Cotaco?” I exclaimed louder yet, pointing to a sign on a country store. “I don’t even know where Cotaco is!”
Julia giggled. “Leave it to us to get lost when all we had to do was pull out of the parking lot and turn left.”
Deuteronomy 4:9 cautions us to stay alert and not let our heart wander off. Otherwise, we could end up in “Cotaco,” an unfamiliar place, a long way from where we want to be.
“Just make sure you stay alert. Keep close watch over yourselves. Don’t forget anything of what you’ve seen. Don’t let your HEART wander off. Stay vigilant as long as you live” (Deuteronomy 4:9 MSG).
Most passengers were from Australia and New Zealand. Some were from the United Kingdom, two from South Africa, and two from Guatemala. Toss in a tour director from Alabama and a driver from Ecuador and we were bound to have fun on the 15-day tour I was leading.
The tour began and ended in New York City, traveling by motorcoach throughout the Eastern United States and Canada. Day 9 brought us to Toronto where we were scheduled to visit the Ontario Parliament building. As we rode from our hotel to Parliament, a passenger noticed a flag at half-staff.
“Why is that Ontario flag flying at half-staff?” he asked me.
“I’m not sure,” I answered. “I didn’t hear of any death or major event on the news this morning.”
The passengers and I began to notice other flags along the route at half-staff. Our curiosity was rising by the minute. Upon arrival at the Parliament building, we could clearly see on the left lawn a Canada flag lowered and on the right lawn an Ontario flag lowered. What has happened? I mused.
We parked, unloaded, and waited on the approaching security guard for further instructions.
“Welcome! Follow me this way,” he said, pointing toward the pink sandstone building adorned with gargoyles.
I walked next to him and the group followed. “Why are all the flags in the city at half-staff?” I asked.
He laughed. “Well, no one died. Our flagpole pulley for the Canada flag is malfunctioning. It won’t allow the flag to go up all the way. Because no flag can fly higher than the Canada flag, everyone in the city has had to lower their Ontario flags until we get it fixed.”
On tour the adventures are endless and the laughs are abundant.
“God’s glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon” (Psalm 19:1 MSG).