Are you full of hope? Hebrews chapter eleven shows people of faith are people of hope. That makes sense, doesn’t it? Those who trust God have more reason for hope than those who don’t. But problems with no visible solutions test our faith and challenge our hope.
A planned vacation to Yosemite National Park for my husband’s birthday presented such a challenge. Because our daughter works for an airline we’re able to fly standby at a reduced rate when seats are available. In the day of overbooked flights, that can prove to be quite an adventure in itself. This trip was no exception.
We planned our trip around the flight loads. Since the park filled up, we had to book non-refundable accommodations ahead of time.
The night before our departure we learned that all the flights out of Raleigh for the next couple of days were overbooked. I loathed the thought of getting up before dawn and sitting at the airport for nothing. I also hated to pay for reservations we wouldn’t be able to use.
We packed anyway, in hopes two seats would miraculously open up. In the meantime, I had to remind myself that God was greater than this situation. We’d prayed as we planned our trip. God knew about this when we’d booked our lodging. Maybe someone needed our cabin. I asked for grace to trust and not grumble no matter what happened.Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Heb. 11:1 Click To Tweet
At 2 a.m. our bedroom door opened. “Mom, you don’t need to get up before 7. I found you seats on another airlines,” my daughter whispered.
Wonderful! But it wasn’t until the next day that I learned how amazing this was.
The Evidence of Things Not Seen
Larry and I puzzled over our half-full plane. How could it be half-empty Tuesday morning when there had been no seats at 11 p.m. Monday night? While making our connecting flight in Phoenix, I learned the answer.
Late the previous night, a plane’s air conditioning had broken. The airlines immediately rerouted most of their passengers. Shortly after midnight, they added an extra plane—our plane—for the remaining travelers. I told my daughter, Ginny, what had happened, and she told me the rest of the story.
At 2 a.m. Tuesday morning, Ginny felt an undeniable prompting to call a specific carrier. She resisted at first. She works in reservations and knew airlines always list their flights on the computer. Why the urge to phone? Finally, she obeyed the unseen guide. The person who took her call stunned her with available seats.
Maybe it was not listed because it was a last minute, one-time only flight. All I know is that, when a seasoned airline employee couldn’t find seats, God created some and directed her to them. What a personal God!
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for.
Not all situations turn out as we hope. An ice storm kept me from using confirmed seats to a conference. But even then faith rescued me from disappointment and gave me hope that God’s will for my life is perfect (Rom. 8:28).
Our family created a special memory huddling around the fireplace, and God provided a seat on a flight the following day. Faith allowed me to enjoy a situation I could not change instead of stewing over it.
Our hope rests in God’s character. Even though we can’t see His invisible hand or understand His plan, like the wind, His goodness is evident to those who look for it.Like the wind, God's goodness is evident to those who look for it. Click To Tweet
Question: What do you tell yourself when your situation looks hopeless?
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Debbie W. Wilson
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