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Travelers’ Travail

This is the follow-up story to “Divine Delay”. On Wednesday, we were notified that our 12:43 p.m. flight was delayed until 1:20 p.m. which means we would miss our connection in Charlotte. I immediately got on the phone with the airline company to secure a flight from Charlotte to Chattanooga. They informed me that everything was booked, but they would try to get us on a 10 p.m. flight, which means we would get to Chattanooga at mid-night. This means I would not get to my destination until sometime between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. because I had to drive to GA.

During our further delay at Logan, the Holy Spirit told me to ask for our original connection and seats together since we were assigned separate seats. At the time of asking, it made sense to me, but the ticket agent informed me that we would arrive in Charlotte at 4:20 p.m. and the flight would depart at 4:15 p.m. Then I realized my request was foolish because that was the reason for requesting a change in the first place. Anyway, the agent immediately requested to see my connecting flight boarding passes. She informed me there was an earlier flight but it is totally booked. However, she will put us on standby. We accepted the offer.

We arrived in Charlotte and proceeded to the “standby” gate. I asked if there was the slightest possibility of us getting on. The agent informed me that there were forty-nine passengers and the plane carries fifty. Furthermore, there are two people ahead of us. I immediately started to pray and claim His promises. A few minutes later, they made a final call for all passengers. No response. Then a call for the first two standby passengers, no response. Then they called us and told us we can board. There were approximately four seats left on board when we boarded.

We praise God for all His wonderous love towards us. When we cannot trace God’s hand, we can trust His heart. Psalm 46:1, 2 remind us, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.”

Submitted by VASM

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