I get pretty serious about traveling by air. I get my tickets well in advance. I select my seats so I am right where I want to be. I get to the airport hours early. I don’t like surprises.
So of course God gave me one.
My return flight to Florida from New Jersey after the holidays was late, and of course I had gotten to the airport early, which made the wait even longer. The airport was crowded, the flight was full and people were getting tired. When we were finally called to board at 10:30 (PM!), all I wanted to do was get in my pre-selected seat and start the journey home.
Imagine my surprise as a red light flashed on the gate agent’s desk as they scanned my boarding pass. “Oh, Miss Virkler, your seat has been changed. They’ve moved you to a window seat”.
“Oh, Miss Gate Agent, I think not”. I didn’t really say that, but I wanted to. I wanted an aisle seat. I didn’t want to be crammed into a window seat. I had prepared ahead of time so I WOULDN’T be in a window. I was quickly getting irritated. With a sigh of impatience, I asked her why I had been moved. She said, “They’ve given you an exit row seat”.
A few minutes later I was comfortably seated in Row 20, Seat A, with an embarrassingly generous amount of leg room and no one in the seat next to me. And my impatience had turned to humbled gratefulness to whoever the person was that moved me.
Sometimes we’ve been given an upgrade and we don’t realize it until after we’ve sighed and complained because the plans we made have been changed without our consent. Sometimes God is in the process of moving us out of our pre-selected and well-prepared plans because He has a great surprise for us down the road.
The next time your plans don’t go the way you thought they would, take a deep breath, keep your mouth shut and trust God.
He may well be in the middle of giving you an upgrade.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. Isaiah 55:8
But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD, nor do they understand His counsel; Micah 4:12
Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. Hebrews 10:35