If you love God surprises then you’ll forgive me for postponing my tips for “Living in the Fast Lane.” I promise to get back to those. It was a spirit-filled weekend, and I loved severing along side of the women’s ministry team at Temple Baptist in Texas. But first, I have something amazing to share with you.
This fall and winter I have a packed speaking schedule. Knowing I would need an extra measure of God’s strength, grace, and inspiration to keep going, I asked the Lord to show up and show off in a BIG way—not in my way but in His way. Boy did He ever!
On my way home from Houston to Nashville, God arranged an unexpected rondevu—which is actually spelt, rendezvous and means to “meet you.”
I was sitting at the airport in Houston awaiting my flight, when I looked up and saw a familiar face sitting directly in front of me! Quickly, I pulled out my phone and called my husband.
“Hey. Can you hear me?” I whispered.
“Yep. What’s up?” He replied.
“I’m sitting across from a famous person in the airport whose name starts with a B.” I shared with excitement and then hesitated long enough for him to guess who it was.
“Is it Brad Pitt?” He guessed.
“NO!” I replied rolling my eyes. “It’s not Brad Pitt!” “Although,” I said rethinking his presumption, “meeting Brad Pitt wouldn’t be half bad. But the person sitting across from me is Beth Moore!”
“You should say ‘hello.’ He suggested.
“I think I will.” Click.
“Excuse me.” I said as I approached her. “I just called my husband to tell him that there was a famous person sitting across from me at the airport and their name started with a “B.” He guessed it was Brad Pitt, and for a moment I thought… ‘hummm, that would be really awesome.’ But then I told him it was you!” She laughed and asked what my name was—probably to file it under suspicious characters. I took the opportunity to thank her for being obedient in teaching God’s Word. I told how her much I have learned from her, and that I was a Bible teacher, too. Then, I returned to my seat and thanked God for His sweet surprise.
A few minutes later, they announced it was time to begin boarding the plane to Nashville. I got up, gathered my belongings, and headed for the gate. Beth joined me in line and asked about my ministry. I knew our conversation would be short since my seat number was 1-A, but nevertheless, it would be sweet.
Entering the plane, I discovered another surprise. An elderly man sitting in my seat. Immediately, I assumed he was confused about his seating so I called for the stewardess. She explained the situation.
“Oh, that’s my boyfriend.” The stewardess winked. “I wanted him to sit up here with me so I switched his seat. Would you mind taking his?” she asked.
“I don’t mind at all.” I replied. Which is his seat? This is where the “God surprise” comes in. The man’s seat was next to Beth’s! And the rondevu between two sister’s in Christ began—a rondevu only God could have orchestrated.
I explained to Beth that I knew how important is was to study on your way to an event—assuming that’s where she was going—so I promised to read my book and keep my mouth shut.
“Oh, no.” she replied. “I don’t have to prepare for anything on this trip. Usually I do, and I don’t get the privilege of visiting with the person I’m sitting next to on the plane, but not this time.”
So, for a little over two hours we shared, laughed, and I even cried a few times. It was also fun discovering that we knew some of the same people associated with LifeWay and my church.
Beth Moore is a genuine jewel!! She is precious, down to earth, likeable, has a servant heart, hilarious, deep, humble, gracious, kind, gorgeous, and no bigger than a minute. But you knew that already.
After the plane landed, we snapped a few pictures, and then, she graciously introduced me to Travis Cottrell and his beautiful family who were there to pick her up from the airport. What a treat! What a blessing from God!
I never imagined that asking God for some extra inspiration would come in such a wonderful package such as Beth Moore. But, that’s our God—right!
This experience has taught me not to hesitate to ask God for anything. It’s taught me to dream bigger. Why not, we serve a BIG God! It’s taught me to simply say, “Your will be done” instead of making my own request. Why—because God’s will is always better, brighter, and bigger. When we allow His will to be done in our lives, it surprisingly knocks our socks off every time!