So, I headed to the airport Friday night at midnight, seeing that my flight had been delayed two hours. I was excited, geared up, and rested (even had a little nap after watching We Bought a Zoo–great movie). When I got to the counter, Spirit Airlines informed me that I would not be on the plane (even though I was two hours before the posted departure). I was upset, concerned, and worried about not arriving with the other project leader. I believed I was supposed to be down there… and yet, there was a piece of me which felt maybe not. I realized that with a short layover, there was a strong possibility that I would have been stuck in Florida for 23 hours until the next flight to Haiti, and I would rather be here in Colorado. So I just asked Jesus for a miracle, standing with the other 5 people who weren’t going to make it on the plane.
His miracle this weekend was me not getting on that originally planned flight. I saw his provision in a friend picking me up (at 3:30am!!) and letting me sleep on their couch… I saw divine timing in the opportunities for deep and meaningful conversations (and prayer). I experienced humor and absurdity when I was peed on by a dog, and then our car ran out of gas!! Then, after running out of gas, the person who brought me to buy a tank needs a job and I may have a connection for him. Lastly, and most significantly, I was able to be with my congregation, and receive prayer for my time in Haiti, as well as be present for a significant ministry time for a dear friend.
There are appointed times in life, though often not scheduled by us in the specific sense (on our calendar). Yesterday was such a time, and I am looking forward to so many of them on this upcoming trip. If you have had such an unplanned encounter lately, would you share it? I am always blessed by hearing what is happening for others.