This past week I have been jet-setting across the country measuring new interior building spaces and meeting with thought leaders on workplace strategy and change management. During this trip, I had the most interesting interaction with a flight attendant.
American Airlines – Salt Lake City to Grand Rapids – two outbound flights – both full — upgrade required to make my Wednesday meetings. Enter God-ordained moment with a twist. We think that God works in the roughly same way. He gives us what we need. He protects us. He guides us. And we in turn walk a similar path.
As I sat in my first class seat on a little commuter hopper to Chicago, I realized very quickly that his was not going to be a normal flight. I had to pay for this upgrade, it wasn't free. I needed to be in Grand Rapids, it wasn't a choice. I was about to come face-to-face with a flight attendant (a guy) who called me a women, and then realized I was guy and then started to hit on me. So. . . you might be asking yourself – where is this God-ordained moment?
The moment was in my reaction. I had a choice to make. I could give this flight attendant a piece of mind or I could pray and allow God to open his eyes. I found myself doing the latter. Praying that this flight attendant would search his manifest and realize the error in his thinking, and he did; however, God allowed my simple words of thank you to allow an opening for dialog. We discussed work, places we've lived, and generalities. It turns out this flight attendant used to live in Westlake Village – not far from where I used to live. His grandmother lives about ten minutes from my current location.
Now. . .I don't know what he was thinking. I don't know if he thought I was gay (I'm not). I have no idea what was going on, except God used this moment to teach me something. I am so quick to judge the outward appearances of people. I assume things that may or may not be true. I don't ask, I just assume. God flipped it on me, but these were assumptions this flight attendant had of me. It looks like I am going back to 1 Samuel where God relates to Samuel the prophet that “man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart”.
So. . .how much is your upgrade worth? For me, the $135 is worth every penny, because of what God did in me in seat 2A.
Question: What simple moments had God used to work in your life?
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