After spending the day with different friends, visiting with them, and just enjoying their stories, I headed back to the hotel. Megan and I were exhausted, but in a good way. I stopped by the business center at our hotel to print off our boarding passes for the next day. As I hit “check in,” this announcement came across the screen, “Sorry but it is too late to check in, your flight is landing in 11 minutes.” What? No. NO!!! Frantically, I went back through my emails to my original booking date. Sure enough. I had booked Sunday, not Monday. How did that happen? In my mind, I had put Monday on the booking. I had planned my car, my hotel, Megan’s school, and everything else around leaving at 5pm on Monday, not Sunday!
Okay, I can deal with this. I checked and there were still seats available on the Monday flight at 5p (thank goodness). I called and it was changed (for a small fee – and I don’t really mean small).
We had headed out to Utah for the celebration of family friend’s confirmation. It had been a fabulous time. God was working wonders in this 15 year old’s life and we were there to witness it. The thing is, in the background, little things were lurking in the dark. Whenever something powerful is happening for God, evil will try to find a way to take over your heart.
As many of you know, I hate to fly, but this time I prayed and prayed for peace. The flight went perfectly. As I got off the plane, I thanked God for giving me strength and courage during that flight. Unfortunately, there was still more lurking in the background. You see, I still was about to receive a couple more bumps in the road while on vacation.
I got to my rental car and it was all dented up. It looked like someone had done a pretty good job on it. When I went to report the damage, a young man (who looked about 18) signed off on it. He didn’t go look at the car, nothing, just signed the paper that the damage was there and assured me I wouldn’t be blamed for it. Trust, I said to myself. Stop worrying.
When we arrived in Logan, I received a call from our Florida realtor that our condo sale was looking bad. The buyer was backing out. Of course I was saddened because we were so close to our closing date, but for some reason I couldn’t shake this overwhelming peace. I just trusted that God had a plan in all of this. I called Pete and he too was fine with the news. “Why am I so calm about this?” I asked him. “Maybe you realize you don’t have control of it.” Pete replied. Maybe, I thought. Trust in the plan even if you don’t understand it.
Next I received a text from the people who had bought our house in Indiana. We just moved this past March, and we sold our house to friends of friends. The text asked, “Did you ever get water in the basement?” At first I started to get defensive, because it made me feel like they were angry at me. Then I took a deep breath and said to myself, “Maybe they are just looking for help. Maybe after a storm there was water in the basement, and they are trying to figure out where it is coming from. Don’t assume they are blaming you.” Deep breath. I texted back as much help as I could give them. After all, sometimes during big storms the downspouts come detached and then water will go in the basement.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding.
So many great things happened while we were in Utah. It brought back great memories. Why were these bad things poking their heads up while we were visiting and enjoying our friends? Can you see why I cannot rely on my own understanding? There is no way I would ever understand why all of this was happening. Trusting in the Lord was all I had. I had to push away doubt and allow trust to make its way into my heart.
Hebrews 10:35-36 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised
I pushed through the bad and only allowed myself to face the good. As I journeyed home on the flight yesterday (by the way, I did get two seats on the Monday direct flight home – on an overbooked flight I might add), I thanked God for all the good He had provided us with on our trip. We spent time with a lot of our old friends, we saw spectacular scenery, we relived old memories, we enjoyed a beautiful confirmation ceremony, and Megan and I spent 4 whole days enjoying each other’s company. What more could I ask for?
Trust in the Lord. Never let doubt seep into your heart. Even when those little annoyances come up and try to usurp God’s Glory – push them away. Trust. Breathe in, breathe out.