Friday, September 16, 2011

The Plane


What a whirlwind of travel and meetings I've been wrapped up in.

I flew Southwest home which does not have seat assignments.  It was two flights home and both times God nudged me to do what I did not want to do.  I am a reader/flyer period.  I don't want to visit with strangers, I want to read.  On the first flight there was a young woman with a crying baby and there was nothing I could do but sit by her because God was literally screaming in my ear to help this woman.  I was literally screaming back "in my head" that I don't want to be anywhere near a screaming baby.  Fortunately, I know the feeling in my gut when God is directing me and so down I plopped with the poor woman and together we kept that baby content.  She almost cried when she got off the plane, hugging my neck.  I opened my book for the second leg of the journey and a man sat next to me who kept inhaling huge amounts of air, so I put my book down and asked him if he was OK, and no, he has major anxiety and does not like to fly.  Of course, I wanted to say "if you don't like to fly then get off mister" but instead I listened to him talk for the 45 minute trip and he too was grateful.  So.....I would have loved to read on the trip home but I am so grateful that God used me and that I was aware of his presence.  It makes me feel loved by God when I get "any kind" of assignment to be of service to my fellows, even if the service is just being present.  This is the stuff I have learned in our beautiful program.  Suit up, show up and ask God to direct our path.

9 comments:

Mary Christine said...

Awesome Pammie. (Do you remember the flight years ago when God put me next to the woman with Tourette's?)

Syd said...

I have been there. I too read (or sleep) on planes. Amazing who God puts in our path so we can do the next right thing.

Anonymous said...

this is such an inspiring post to me. i've just been reunited God (i broke up with him) and i'm in awe of his kindness and direction. i'm finding myself in a situation of helping a woman i barely know and something in my gut is telling me to keep helping her. so i see God works on my gut in addition to my heart. wow.

dAAve said...

That is fantastic Pam. Amazing how it works.

Annette said...

Bless your heart Pam. You made a huge difference to two struggling people. I like the idea of feeling loved by God when He uses you to minister to His children. I haven't thought of it that way before.

Lou said...

God is in the details, Woodlands Wonderwoman!

Marcia said...

sweet, cool and funny all at the same time.

Patty/calmacceptance said...

Was it a hard cover? If it was a hard cover, God is really laughing. Gotta love that sense of humor.

madyson007 said...

I love this post...