I knew it was going to be the busiest day of the holiday week, so I arrived two hours before my flight with a small bag and a lot of patience. It took me just under an hour to make it through security, but once I arrived at my gate, there was still plenty of time before departure and the plane was already there! We boarded the plane right on time and the plane started taxiing to the runway. I was on my way!
Or so I thought.
40 stagnant minutes went by until the captain informed us the plane’s radar was broken. We had to taxi back to the gate and de-board the plane while the mechanic worked on it. Two and a half hours later, the airline informed us they had to find a replacement part and it could take at least three more hours! The bad news drove passengers into a rage and the airline tried to ease the blow by issuing everyone dinner vouchers.
That’s when my blessings started pouring in.
I was waiting for a table and came across four other people who were on my flight. One of the women said, “Hi! I’m Marsha do you want to sit at my table?” We all hesitantly agreed and for the next two hours, we laughed, told stories and created an unlikely friendship over Mexican food. Marsha was headed back to her home in Wisconsin. Frank was heading to a family reunion. Jordan and Dylan were trying to make it to the upper-peninsula in Michigan. We all had somewhere to be and people to visit, but we were having so much fun, we almost forgot about our flight!
By the time we arrived back at our gate, many of us had already been at the airport for over seven hours. We all sat together waiting in anticipation of hearing some good news, but an hour later, another bombshell. They had cancelled the flight and there were no more flights leaving that night.
Anger and tears overwhelmed so many of my fellow travelers, but between the five of us, there was a peace that could only be explained by the presence of Jesus. In the midst of disappointment, delays and waiting, came free dinner, new friends, a complete refund on our roundtrip airfare and a voucher to fly anywhere, anytime.
It wasn’t at all what I had planned, but God had better plans for me that day.
God loves to orchestrate blessings in the waiting. If we recognize that He is with us in the waiting, embrace the peace of His presence and enjoy what He’s giving us in the moment, He will multiply those blessings tenfold. And you might just make some new friends along the way!
We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. Proverbs 16:9 NLT