On a recent return trip from Chicago and WI I met a young man. It was an early flight after a very busy trip, so I was tired. But God put a stirring in my soul that began the evening before carrying into the morn. This stirring caused me to pray diligently as I prepared to leave my hotel room, caught the airport shuttle and walked through the airport. Especially at my gate.
It was an international gate. I am not sure what position we as Americans will end up in but I know the position of God. Throughout His Word He says to have no other gods before Him. His Word says He is a jealous God. In fact the first commandment is: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all thy might. Deuteronomy 6:5 KJV
HE backs it up with: Thou(you) shalt have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3 KJV
So I prayed for all of us to put Him first and keep Him first. I prayed for God to remove every false god that has grown in our lives and attached to these people as they come and go. Psalm 106 says in verse 21, they forgot God their savior which had done great things in Egypt. He is talking about God’s people forgetting how HE sent the plagues to free them from the captivity they had chosen.
With the unity of the world have we forgotten God? With the growing mission to LOVE have we been beguiled to LUST? More importantly how can we return? How can we get back into a position of pleasing Him? Of KNOWING Him? Of LOVING Him first?
Many may say right now, well I do please Him/God. I go to Church every week...well almost...I pay my tithes faithfully...well most of the time...I am good, kind to people...well those that I like and most of the time those that are in need.
Hmmmm...how can we...how can we...how can we?
So on this morn, wee early, I thought my work for God was done. After all, I had prayed throughout the morning. Was able to jump to when a few were in need. Specifically a young airport aide needing to lead a blind man safely through the crowd of people coming and going off the plane all at the same time. The aide having no training as evidenced by the blind man walking beside her stumbling into all that was in their path. She resisted the urge to grab his arm several times and pull him this way or that to avoid collision and awkwardness. With the Grace of God He swooped in- as I grabbed the blind man’s wrist placing it on her shoulder with these words, “If you will allow him to have his hand on your shoulder, you will be able to just lead him through this crowd smooth as butter.” I had no thought of how they would respond as I touched both of them. How do I know it was God? Because I would never do that on my own. I would never touch another stranger like that, and I touched two of them without a single thought! I just knew it was the right thing to do. The world has caused us to be paranoid of most things good.* How do I know it was God that urged me to aide? The instant relief on both their faces and the blind man’s words, “Yes, yes this will work very well!”
So as I rested in my airplane window seat, marveling at God’s greatness, ready to get lost in the magnificence of the clouds (one of my favorite things to do). As I began to thank God for using me as a prayer conduit and allowing Him to come to the aide of others through me, both seats open to my right, thinking as the boarding comes to a close, “Oh wow, God is even going to show me favor by keeping the rest of this row open. As I was saying all this in my head with a nevertheless your will be done Lord, a young man swooped in to take his seat right next to me.
My thoughts; okay, well maybe the aisle seat will remain open and this young man will just move on over to the isle and I will have my rest and glory in God afterall.
Well God did show me favor but it was not in any manner that I thought. (Lean not unto our own understanding) It was far greater!
As our flight continued to fill up that seat in the isle did not get occupied and the young lad I have nicknamed Dutch Boy, did not fill it. He stayed close to me in that middle seat and I am so grateful for that. He first marveled at the space in which he had in terms of leg room and I helped him understand that yes this is the area with extra leg room and the non extended section is just behind us. He marveled and marveled at how he got there. I picking up what God was laying down though my flesh being tired, tested the waters and engaged in conversation. My flesh saying no way he will talk to me, we have nothing in common, he is obviously a gamer and I am so not...yes all these ridiculous human nature tendencies that keep us closed and unconnected for God just came reeling through my brain. Thank God I have grown to know how to swipe left to them and let God have His way through me.
Dutch Boy’s name is Michael. Tears come to my eyes with gratitude even now, gratitude to God for letting me be used in this manner and gratitude to Michael for trusting me with his situation.
We talked for the entire flight! He spoke about how he has been so excited for this trip to meet his gamer friends. They had become close and finally this journey has arrived from Spain to be in the US with them going from place to place for 2 mos. He spoke about how it has been completely derailed because of circumstances out of his control and how funds are drying up quickly because he has had to change flights and boarding accommodations and no refunds from the original plans.
He is to be here a total of 2 months and the journey has just begun. Such a mess. I began to share about Jesus. About how HE has changed my whole life and if HE is open He our God will certainly straighten ALL this out and I asked him if he would like to pray now?
Michael said, “Well I am not one to really pray but if He can help this, I will certainly...yes.” I grabbed his hand and we prayed. I can not account for all the Words that were said, but I can tell you the prayer was POWERFUL! God was certainly in our midst! Which means middle of us, among us!
And here is a thing! A thing really to know and to understand and to TEACH all others, God is ALWAYS present! HE our King, Lord of Lords is ALWAYS with us- The Word says this, therefore it IS TRUE because the ONLY entity that can not lie is GOD! It is not Santa (satan) Clause that knows when we are bad or good it is GOD because HE IS everywhere ALL THE TIME PRESENT. We just have to learn to cut our flesh in order for His power to be evident in us. I urge you all to stop teaching your children to believe a lie! It is a beguilement similar to the lie the serpent beguiled Eve with in the beginning. Is it no wonder that this lie has grown from what began as a time to reverence God into a season of the love of money? The very thing that our God says is the ROOT of all evil. We must change. We must return to HIM our first LOVE.
I said before that we, Michael and I talked for the entire flight. The more accurate account is that God spoke through me to him for much of the time. Michael and I read out loud the first few chapters of Genesis, the beginning of His Word, The Bible. My heart rejoices as multiple times, Michael said, “That makes sense! This makes so much sense!” Michael had multiple questions and all were answered by His Word!
So so refreshing! Michael I hope you are able to read this and I have to tell you I am grateful for you! I am grateful for what God did that morning! It was not a dream. Everything you experienced was true and real! I pray you continue to grow and know Jesus who is the savior of the world. Remember to contact me - use one of your friends phones to call my number (Michael lives in Spain right now but was born in Holland) so God can fulfill that promise! If you are still in Lake City that is not too far from me and I have wheels so we will be able to connect with ease!
Smiles and God’s blessings upon every one of His!
Lisa Ellen D.