It’s Not What I Planned

I don’t think I’ll ever forget the feeling of walking up to the Delta counter showing them my passport and the lady saying, ” you don’t have a visa pages left, you won’t be able to get on this flight.”  All I could think was “are you kidding? I am leading a group of 16 ladies to South Africa; I have been planning this trip for about a year.”  I just knew she was going to come back and tell me that they had worked it out and I could get on the plane, but they never did. So I put the 15 ladies (one of them was my daughter) on the plane with Jean Ohlerking and Ben Rogers.  Katie, who chose to stay with me, and I walked out of the airport.

 The next 24 hours was a whirlwind.  We had to get an appointment with the passport agency in Atlanta, change our flight to the next day, get a passport picture taken, fill out an application, find a hotel, and we had NO luggage.

 I’m driving, Katie is on the phone with Kristen, from Children’s cup then on the phone with the passport agency, texting everybody, talking to everybody, both of our phones  are in use – craziness.

 By the time we went to bed that night, we had an appointment with the agency and a ticket to South Africa the next day.

 At breakfast, the agency called and said we could come right then.  So we dropped everything and left.  On the way there we got a call from Senator Mike McIntyre’s office seeing if there was any way they could help. Our response was, “WHAAAAAAT we have somebody from Washington offering to help!”  (I don’t know who Nate Fairfield knows but he was the one who gave us the Washington connection). We got to the passport agency and the room was full of people.  I thought good thing we got here early, this is going to take all day.  But they took us right away.  Within minutes we were done and just had to come back in 2 hours to pick up the passport.  We went back at 12:30, 30 minutes before we were suppose to be there, and again they took us right in and gave me my passport.  We were on our way to the airport!


 You know God didn’t magically put a visa page in my passport book, but He never left us.  We saw Him moving on our behalf the whole time.   I think we went through every emotion possible: disbelief, frustration, sadness, worry, peace, laughter, joy………

But no matter how we were feeling God was still in control.  I wish I could say, oh I know why that happened, but right now I can’t, it just happened, but God got us through it. 

 A verse that Mrs. Jean Ohlerking spoke to me was Psalm 37:23,24

The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”

 So no matter if your day turns out like you planned it or not even close to how you planned it, remember God is in control and He is ordering your steps so trust Him.