So God did the miraculous yet again. I was on a return flight once again from Chicago to Jacksonville this morning. Today's date being July 23rd 2019. Flight was scheduled as is routine to leave at 10:08ish. About a half an hour prior to boarding time I received a text that it would be 2 hours late. Not even for a minute did I get icky about what was now my new schedule.
The atmosphere in the whole place was different. I did not wake up with an urge to pray. Nothing like the last time I took this flight. My heart was at Peace and Joy kept filling it. As it got closer to the new flight time of departure I decided to grab a beverage and food, being Frontier there are none provided with ticket price. Settling back in my seat I saw an American Airlines plane in our M3 spot. Hmmmm, that plane has to go so ours can get in. All the people deboard and nope! The plane does not leave. It starts refilling with food. I reached out to my hubby to see if he could gather what is going on, he is a transportation expert of sorts, he would know how to reach additional info. He sent me a screenshot of our flight now leaving at 2pm and still arriving in Jax at 3:30 ...hmmm...ok, bunkering down for another 2 hour late departure I heard a distant call for Jax. The gait moved around the corner. Praise God they switched the gate to M2 and we were boarding! Crazy! No signage. No message over the com that the gate changed, just started boarding ...I could VERY well have missed this amazing flight! It was Our Lord that had me hear it! Must have been that twirl for Jesus I did walking down the corridor! LOL.
So on the flight, in my seat, same seat I was in when God put Michael (Dutch Boy) next to me on the last flight. A tall younger man sat in the middle after me. He was closed and very uncomfortable. How do I know he was closed? No communication. No eye contact. No words. Body posture very tight. An older man sat on the aisle and immediately was battling sleep. So I was perceiving there would be know God connections.
As I started to work on a book I have for improving leadership skills for Cup Of Time, the flight prepares for takeoff and middle uncomfortable man takes the opportunity to move to the row open in front. This leaves myself and aisle guy. Aisle guy is coughing. I pray for his cough, silently. I know this cough, having been a smoker and viewing a pack of smokes he has placed in his hat which is quite adorable! The hat. Not the smokes. And that is how the miraculous began.
I complimented him on his hat and the conversation grew and grew from there. As I am typing now a flood of live playback film is happening of ALL that we shared and what God did!
We shared about our past and our present and our future. All of which God has been a part of. We prayed together at the moment God made known was right. He held my hand so tight. He had just shared he has been mad at God for along time! I thanked God through the prayer as a start for connecting us. I thanked God for letting us know Him. I thanked God for giving us His strength and Peace and Love. I asked God to guide our footsteps, to light our path and then I put my hand on his heart and asked God to heal it and to heal his lungs as know as when he was in his mother’s womb. Neither of us wanted to quit praying, but I ran out of what to say. The Words flow out of you in prayer a lot of times until all that God wants said is said out loud. I have to get better at letting Him minister at that time of ending vocal Words. I want to get better at letting Him have His Way no matter where I am. And still it was so Godly good that I felt like I have known Ed...for most of my life.
Ed's wife passed away on 11.16. It will be 3 years this November. It seems longer for Ed because he kept saying 4 years when we first started to speak. I was able to share the loss of my mom with Ed, and the loss of my sons father with him. We bonded over loss. I was able to share the testimony of how I was on a giant career path in Racine WI. He knows Racine as he lived in Milwaukee for quite a long time. His wife Rita was a school teacher there and after she retired she told him she wanted to have back surgery. He had not wanted her to do it but she said, ‘You don’t live with my pain.” So he knew he had to let her.
Two surgeons. One to open her up and one to correct the back. The opening surgeon nicked her diaphragm. Bad news for the lungs. After a long hospital stay, I believe over 2 years, Ed decided to move her from St Mary's to St Luke's. He got answers and Hope and she was home within a few months. But nowhere near her presurgery status. Her lungs had to be tubed in several places, continuous oxygen and bedside care at home. The bills were tremendous.
Ed being still in love with his wife after 44 years decided he wanted to take care of his wife himself. He had a successful small business, closed it up and for the remainder of his adored wife Rita’s life he cared for her. He loved her. Letting go of Rita is hard for my new friend. Two had really become one flesh.
The world is urging him to move on. It has been 2 years… God gave me a message for Ed: he can stay right where he is at. He can stay in love with his wife and their memory "alone" if he chooses to for the rest of his life. Ain't nothing wrong with that. In fact I find it quite beautiful. Simply beautiful! Just like the TIME he and I spent talking aboard Flight 410. Talking about life and God and ALL that is to come. BEAUTIFUL!
Stay tuned for tomorrow. :)
Matthew chapter 5 verse(2-16) And He opened His mouth (Jesus did to His disciples not to the multitude) and taught them saying,
3- Blessed the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4- Blessed they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5- Blessed the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6- Blessed they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7- Blessed the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8- Blessed the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9- Blessed the peace makers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10-Blessed they that are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11- Blessed are you, when shall revile you, and persecute, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12- Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. 13- You are the salt of the earth but if salt have lost its savour, where shall it be salted? It is not good for anythng, but to be cast out, and trodden under foot of men.
14- You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill can not be hid. 15- Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick: and it gives light to all that are in the house. 16- Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.