Have you ever done something for a stranger or a friend, and that person thanked you for being such an angel? I believe that God calls us to be kind to one another and often uses us to be an answer to someone’s prayer. When that happens, we get to be an angel during that moment.
After a month of planning, I finally raised the money to attend the Seize the Day – Raise the C in ymCa Conference. I was so excited to go and see why God gave me such a strong desire to not miss this conference. I knew in my heart he wanted me to meet someone who either I was going to help or who was going to help me.
I laughed with Harold, my Y supervisor that it might just be to meet someone sitting next to me on the plane and not actually have anything to do with the conference at all!
Little did I know that truly was part of God’s plan!
The night before I left, I pulled an all-nighter packing and finishing some business. I left for the airport at 4 AM and was exhausted. I slept on my first flight. During my layover, I laughed to myself that I must not be meeting my destiny on the plane! When I got on to my second flight, I got nice and comfortable in my aisle seat ready to sleep.
A friendly lady sitting next to the window asked me enthusiastically, “Are you going to Tampa for business or for pleasure?”
I leaned over and in my deepest imitation of a manly voice said, “I am on a mission from God!” The three of us sitting in that aisle all laughed. Then I told them of my strong pull to attend this conference and the hurdles I jumped over to be able to go.
Afterwards, I asked the lady in the middle seat, “Are you going to Tampa for business or for pleasure?” I didn’t expect her response…she started crying. She told us that she was called to go to Colorado quickly because a family member was in hospice and now she is on her way back home.
I asked her if she made it in time and she said yes. I then inquired if she was able to witness her loved one's last breath and she nodded her head slowly.
I added, "Was this your first time being with someone as they left this earth?"
She replied sadly, “Yes.”
I told her I once too had a bittersweet blessing to be by mother-in-law’s side as she bridged from earth to heaven.
Then the lady by the window told us that she was a nurse and her family owned a funeral home when she was growing up. The rest of the flight the grieving woman in the middle seat had her heart held by me and the lady sitting by the window. That flight we were both called to be angels for her. We listened to her stories about her family and let her laugh and cry with us.
At one point when we were laughing, I asked if we could take a group selfie picture so I could send it to my boss at the Y. Here it is..
Harold responded, “OMG it looks like you are ready for your first round!”
I must admit, I was happy at that moment that all the work to go on this trip was worth it from the very first day. When the plane landed, I thanked God and then asked him if this was it or was there more for me to do? Was there anyone else I was called to meet?
I imagine God was smiling. He knew this was just the beginning…more chances to be an angel and to be helped by angels were just around the corner!
Stay tuned for part 8 coming soon!