A few years ago, I was battling severe fatigue. Normal life activities became a real struggle for me. On top of it all, I had a heavy speaking schedule. Knowing I would need an extra measure of strength, grace, and inspiration to keep going, I cried out to God for help.
On my way home from Houston to Nashville, God arranged an unexpected encounter with someone from which He would strengthen and inspire me beyond my wildest dreams.
I was sitting at the airport in Houston awaiting my flight, when I looked up and saw a recognizable face sitting directly in front of me. Quickly, I pulled out my cell and called my husband. “Guess who is sitting across from me at the airport? It’s Beth Moore!”
“No way? He replied.
“You should say ‘hello.” He encouraged. Heeding his advice, I made my way over to Beth and introduced myself. It was a great opportunity for me to thank her for her faithful service. She was her usual precious and humble self. After our short conversation, I returned to my seat only looking up occasionally to watch others meet and greet her as well.
A few minutes later, it was time board the plane. I got up, gathered my belongings, and headed for the gate. To my surprise, Beth was boarding the same plane. While standing in line together, she invited me to chat. I knew our conversation would be sweet, but short, because I had seat 1-A on the plane.
Upon entering the aircraft, I discovered yet another surprise. A frail, old man was sitting in my seat. Turning to the flight attendant, she explained that the man needed special attention. Then, she politely asked if I would mind exchanging seats with him.
I have to be honest. Even though I am short, I wanted the extra legroom that came with seat 1-A, but Beth was standing right behind me. Therefore, I put on my spiritual hat and replied, “Of course, I’ll suffer for Jesus by giving up my seat.”
Sometimes what seems like a bad deal is actually God inviting us to experience Him in some way. For me, God was about to answer my prayer for inspiration and strength. Had I not submitted to the situation, I may have missed it.
The flight attended thanked me for switching seats and gave me my new seat assignment. “You’ll be in seat 5-C.” she directed. In response to my new seat, Beth added, “Why, Micca. That seat is right next to me.”
I could hardly believe it. For the next two hours, I had the privilege of visiting with Beth Moore. We mostly talked about big hair and raising kids. Then, somewhere during our conversation, I heard God whisper. “How’d I do? You said you needed some inspiration, didn’t you?”
How’d you do? I responded from my heart. You did more than I deserve—more than I would have ever imagined or thought to ask for.
But that’s our God! He doesn’t respond to our times of weakness by telling us to pull ourselves up by the bootstraps. No! He provides real help. God gives us supper natural strength when we call out in our weakness. In fact, God had already provided the answer to my cry before I asked. How about that?!
Sometimes God works in small quite ways. Other times His actions are up there with the parting of the red sea. Whatever way God decides to work, experiencing Him always fills us with inner peace and strength for our journey.
Do you need super-natural strength today? Don’t miss His answer. Run to Him with your petitions. Why not call on God right now? Here’s a prayer you can use:
Dear God, I’m weak. I’m afraid. I’m worried about __________. I need super-natural strength. The best I know how, I’m giving you my situation and asking you to give me peace as I trust you. Open my eyes, Lord, and help me see your provision today.
If you prayed this prayer, leave this phrase (I prayed, I’m trusting) in the comment section. I’m praying for YOU!