I was on a flight today, returning home from a trip, and found myself sitting in the middle seat. My husband was sitting on the left next to the aisle, and a gentleman I did not know, was on my right by the window. As the plane sat on the runway, waiting, I was praying for a safe flight without turbulence. As I finished up my prayer, I glanced over towards the window and saw that we had indeed, begun to move. I got out my gum and offered some to the the guy next to me. He was turned slightly towards the window, and didn’t hear me. Once he did hear me, he declined my offer and turned his body once more towards the window. My least favorite parts of flying are the takeoffs and landings, so I was just like most people who were on the plane; only interested in my own perspective and how I was handling the flight. As we settled into the flight however, my eyes and ears were drawn repeatedly to the gentleman on my right.
His posture was turned more towards the window and he appeared to be talking to himself. At first I was sure he was praying. He’d relax and then he’d turn once more towards the window and begin talking to himself. I began to think he was struggling with the flight, so I began to pray for him.
Psalms 37:5 NLT
“Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.”
I wasn’t sure what was happening. I’d sense him turn and relax in his seat, and then once more, turn towards the window and talk to himself. Over and over again. Each time, I prayed that all would be well. As I prayed, I felt reassured that the guy was going to be fine, that God’s hand was right there, and that all was well. Yep. God was right. All WAS well.
I wondered why God didn’t urge me to reach out, until I knew the whole story and then I just smiled and laughed to myself. Turns out this gentleman’s traveling companion was seated directly behind him. Each time he turned towards the window, he wasn’t talking to himself, he talking to his friend. (Chuckle Chuckle) Yep. We can even misinterpret our own perspective, yet as with every circumstance that comes our way, when we commit our concerns to the Lord, He will help us make the best of any situation.