So, within the past 24 hours God has really stretched me. Shattered me. Taught me lessons. Encouraged me. Made me new. And as hard as it was to still give thanks in the midst of the storm, I am so very thankful for the endurance for the sake of winning the prize.
God can use anything to build us. For me, He chose an airline…or rather one lady working for the airline. I can honestly say that I hate when people abuse their power, but I’m even more grateful that I serve a God who’s all-powerful.
While going through trials and tribulations, it’s imperative that we notice the small things. For me, it’s the evidence that God is with me. He’s mighty, but oh how He loves and is gentle that He provides and shows His presence and/or likeness through the small things! Small things can bring about big hope and even bigger faith.
So here the small things I noticed that made us to hope and have peace & joy:
1)Prayer Oil: I appreciate how my family rallies! I appreciate even more so my family’s sense of humor. Right when I thought I had reached my wits end waiting in the airport, I got texts and phone calls of encouragement and scripture to uplift me. However, being the human that I am, I started to get emotional and right when I wanted to bawl my eyes out, a certain brother called to encourage me, and then asked, “Do you have some prayer oil on you?” To which I said, “No, but I wish I had some.” He replies, “Yeah I wish you had some too, so when that lady passes by you just FLING some on her!” Hahahahahaha, all the tears went away at that point!
2) Meeting Evelyn: After accepting defeat for the day, we met the sweetest lady that was to help us rebook our flight, but honestly, I think she was there to be Christ for us. To get our spirits back on the right track. She patiently waited with us as I called my dad or travel agent, she organized favor for us with several airport & immigration workers, and best of all, she was incredibly compassionate. After organizing everything, she left a line of people that needed to be checked in, just to escort us throughout the airport to retrieve our luggage and make sure we had a taxi. We became friends so fast, I wished I would’ve met her waaaaaay sooner and Billy even asked if we wanted to exchange numbers to stay in touch. :-)
3) Two Bottles of Water: We returned to the airport to officially reschedule for Monday and as we waited for our tickets to be printed, Billy and I both mentioned our need for water. We were done with talking to people and so tired that we soooooo badly needed to go buy water from somewhere. As we waited, Billy told me to look at some seats close to where we were sitting. And in chair were 2 completely sealed, cold, bottles of water. I remembered seeing some Americans in that area and I guess due to airport rules they couldn’t go through security with them, so they were left. After we received our tickets, we joyfully grabbed our bottles of water and thanked God for His provisions big and small.
I could go on with the fact that I saw my 2nd shooting star on the way home and it’s significance to me or the great stories and joy we got from our taxi driver, but the point still remains the same. God is omnipresent and omniscient. He reveals Himself to us daily, if only we would take the time to acknowledge Him.
This experience has not only taught me but MADE me rejoice in the Lord always. Oh!! How I serve, how we serve an awesome God. He is altogether lovely. I hope you take the time to acknowledge that today.