Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.—Colossians 4:2
I walked in to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport today after using the curbside check-in for my 2 suitcases. 1 large case filled with clothes for my son and my nephew…things we were getting rid of because the Lord has also called my sister’s family to let go of “stuff”. We are in a season of down sizing; simplifying our lives…and the closets were an area that truly needed weeding out!
I’m not a big fan of airports. PHX isn’t bad, but I’m just not a fan. However, I was feeling better today simply because I was able to check BOTH of my bags, which was actually my reason for bringing all the extra stuff. SW has a great policy for allowing 2 bags to “fly free” and 2 carry on’s. At first while standing in line to check my bags I had a moment of dread when I realized my very large suitcase may actually weigh more than the 50 lb. limit though and cost an extra $75.00! But God is good, all the time. I set it on the scale and guess what, 49.0 lbs…rides free!
While walking in I’m feeling pretty good about not having to wheel my smaller bag and only having my purse/laptop bag to manage. Then I see her, a young, thin woman with a baby on her hip, talking on her phone and walking rather quickly. She’s looking a bit frazzled. I’m suddenly aware of how I miss my son (who I’m going to see in a couple of hours) and how much of a struggle it is to travel, much less, travel alone with a small child. I feel compassion for her as we pass in the terminal. About 10 min later I’m standing in line at the gate and I’m asking the Lord to put me in the right place at the right time to be a blessing to someone. I look behind me and there she is again…but she is alone. I’m wondering, ‘where is her baby?’ She looks distraught; impatient. I “feel” like I’m supposed to say something to her…but what? “Hey, what happened to your baby?” Just doesn’t seem right. But the Holy Spirit won’t let me rest…I feel like I’m supposed to say something. Finally I tell the Lord, “I am willing to say whatever you want me to say, but you have to make it clear I’m supposed to say something because what I’m thinking doesn’t feel right.
There comes a point in your relationship with God that you have to just TRUST that He will give you what you need when you need it! A couple of minutes later the lady asked the guy behind me and myself if she could cut ahead of us b/c her boarding time was 9:15…which was now. He said, “Sure, go ahead.” As she approached me, “I was nodding yes and said, “Are you ok? Didn’t I see you earlier with a baby?” And immediately she broke down saying, “Yes, but they wouldn’t let me take him. I had to take him back…I’m going to be late, my grandmother just died, I’m trying to get to her funeral.” WOW! God…YOU are amazing. I gave her a hug, put my hand on her and prayed peace over her and asked the guy directing the line if we could get her up to the front because her plane was boarding and she had a death in the family and needed to get to the funeral. He looked at me and looked at her and motioned for her to come forward. With tears in her eyes she was led to the front of the line.
I don’t know how God worked that out, but I have a feeling He got her on that plane!
That is what I call being led by the Spirit. Thank you Lord for how you are teaching me to hear your still small voice.