“Sorry folks, but we have to ask all the passengers to get off the plane, this flight has been delayed.” I had just arrived in Kansas City, KS where the flight was supposed to be a stop-over on our way to Chicago then on to Ohio. The flight attendants did say that you could leave something behind to save your seat for when you returned. So as I was deciding what I would leave behind, a friendly suggestion came from another passenger to leave my jacket behind. I took his suggestion and we chatted a bit as we left the plane and went into the terminal.
When we got into the terminal, he politely asked if I wanted to “get a drink.” I laughed to myself, thinking I don’t really drink and I definitely don’t have drinks with strange men, even if he looked to be about the same age as my dad. But there was a peace and I felt that the Lord was saying this was ok. So I told him I don’t drink but will have a soda with him while we waited.
We ended up finding a BBQ restaurant in the terminal and we got our “drinks” and he even bought me dinner as well. He was nice and talked about life and family. When I told him that I worked for a Christian ministry, he became interested in what I believed and started asking me some pointed and direct questions about the Christian faith. I knew right then that this was one of those moments I call “God appointments.” I prayed silently for God’s help, because it is difficult for me to articulate my thoughts. I wish I could say that I was eloquent, but I felt more like Moses when he said, “I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” I knew, on the other hand, that God was using me despite myself and any short comings I may have.
At one point in the conversation, a Christian book came to mind and I felt maybe this book would help better explain what I trying to say. When I asked this gentleman, Cliff, if he had ever heard of this book, he gave me a curious look and said that not too long ago someone had given him that exact book and it was currently sitting on his night stand at home. There was no way I could have known that. I knew God was working!
After we ate, we returned to our gate to check the status of our flight. There were some bad storms going right through Chicago so the plane was going to be delayed until the storms cleared out. As we waited, we conversed and showed each other pictures of our families and his travel adventures. Around 9:30 p.m., the airline got on the loud speaker and announced that the flight had been canceled. Even though I was surrounded by a crowd of upset and angry people, I had such an unexplainable peace and confidence that the Lord will provide and take care of me.
Cliff and I ended up in the back of the line because we had to retrieve our things from the now grounded plane. Cliff got on the phone right away to the airline and stated that he would help me in any way also. He was able to get himself another flight, at some extra cost to himself. He even offered to pay for another flight for me, but seeing how much it would cost I declined and told him I would just wait in line. Cliff then started calling around to area hotels and said he would find a room for me too. He was having trouble finding rooms because of some baseball event going on. He finally found himself a room and had to leave, but he said he would keep looking for me and would call me when he did. So right before I was about to reach the airline counter, Cliff called me and said he found me the last room in another hotel. He said that it was all set up, paid for and that he had also arranged for the hotel to come pick me up at the airport. I was just in awe of the provision of God! He took care of everything! I even got great flights out the next morning.
To sit back and watch God working in this whole situation was astounding. I remember thinking the next morning at the airport, why worry when God is on your side and you put your trust in Him!
In Jeremiah 17: 7-8 it states “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”
When we trust in Jesus, we have a source of peace, joy, hope and life outside of our current circumstances. God loves to show his children how faithful He is, how much He loves us and how He will always take care of us. No matter the situation you face whether it be financial, relational, physical, etc. We just need to trust Him whether the answers come right away or not. He has a plan, He is in control, and He’s right there and has made a way!