(Note — I had prepared this post last September on an airplane, but never did actually publish it. I just saw it in my drafts folder and felt it was worth posting, so I am publishing it now, 8 months later anyway!)
I am writing this from probably 20-30,000 feet in the air. I am on vacation, exactly where I want to be right now. I have been having really great conversation with my wife, which is an absolute joy.
In the world’s eye though, this should not be a happy moment for me. I should be mad, frustrated and upset. You see, the journey thus far has not been a joyful one if you look at it from a certain perspective. We had a 3:30 p.m. flight to Cancun. We were on our way to 7 days of all inclusive sunny Caribbean happiness. Sound like fun? Oh yeah. I have been looking forward to this for weeks now.
Bad things tried to happen to us. Our originating flight was delayed by weather for 2 1/2 hours. We only had 45 minutes to make our connection in the first place, so it was looking pretty ugly. Who cares? My wife and I decided we would be together, exactly where God put us, no matter what physical location that ended up being. We prayed that God would just give us joy as we watched the frustrated people around us sink into depression. That was a huge victory for us. Long story short, we arrived at our connection point and had 6 minutes to make it to our connection. For some reason, that flight had been delayed as well (and was waiting on us), imagine that. We made the flight. Thank you Lord.
So now we are on the final leg of our journey, and will arrive at our destination just a couple of hours late, but relaxed and thankful to God not just that we got there, but that we managed to somehow have a God experience, just in the simple process of flying in an airplane. Is it a miracle? NO. It is a God thing, and they happen every day. I honestly think God honored our attitude, our prayer, and gave us a fun journey while people around us griped and complained.
God things are all around us, and I am so grateful that he has given me a hunger to look for them, even when MY plans seem to go awry. An even greater joy is that I got to share it with the partner God gave me, and who I love dearly — my wife. Thank you for her Lord.
As you take your next step, and I mean the VERY next one, look for God. He’s there — I promise, it is a 100% guaranteed event. Look for Him, he will make himself visible, and you too will then know the joy of my day today. That joy comes from knowing that not only was God there, but I saw him.
Thank you Lord.