First Class

Sep 15

You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples. Psalm 77:14 NIV

For months God has been speaking to me about how powerful He is.  The word He continually brings me is POWER.  He whispers to my heart I AM.  I AM power.  I AM more than you can comprehend.  I AM bigger than you can imagine.  I AM bigger than your boxes.  I AM.  I don’t intentionally place my God in a box, I’m sure you don’t either.  But when I pretend I know how God can solve my problems or answer my prayers, I do. 


“God, you could do this and all would be solved.”  Or “I know God, I have a great idea.  How about this?”


I’m a fairly certain He gets chuckle out of my small and shortsighted solutions.  Nevertheless, He listens.  While I focus on my miniature conclusion, God is preparing a grand finale.  It’s like comparing sparklers to the fireworks show at Disney World – no comparison. 


I’ve attempted to pray BIG in my supplication to the Lord.  But it’s so easy to fall back into the mindset my small brain can wrap around and offer solutions I can see and comprehend.


In October, Amy and I will be traveling to New Mexico to the Glorieta Christian Writer’s Conference.  We are teaching a workshop on journaling and a footnote session on time management.  I’ve been praying over the details of the trip.  You may remember the incredible story of last year’s journey.  God has paved the way for us to attend this year, as well.  Last week, Amy called to ask me about booking our plane tickets.  Our personal travel planner (her husband Greg) told us he had a companion fare ticket we could use.  That way we could split the price of one ticket.  There was just one problem.  Delta had not opened any companion fare seats for the flight we needed.  And it was the only non-stop flight from Atlanta to Albuquerque.  The tickets were quite expensive $$$!


We were going to have to book a different airline, which was going to require a layover.  Not a really big deal in the grand scheme of things, but a detail we would have liked to avoid.  I asked Amy to let me pray over it.  All week, I offered it to God telling Him I would certainly accept it if He wanted us on the layover flight but praying He would open the companion fare seats.  Friday, Amy called to tell me we needed to go ahead with the plans to book the flight.  She would call me when Greg got the flight booked.


Saturday morning, I got a call about the tickets, but it wasn’t from Greg or Amy.  My brother called me Saturday morning to tell me he would like to purchase my ticket with his frequent flyer miles.  A couple of days before, my sister-in-law Kim asked me if I had booked the tickets for my trip yet.  I explained the predicament with the seats and told her we were waiting for them to get cheaper or for the companion fare seats to open.  She casually mentioned to my brother the high cost of the tickets and how I was waiting for them to go down.  End of discussion.  The next day, my brother just so happens to get his frequent flyer statement. 


The next thing I know, he is calling me to offer to get my tickets.  After coordinating flights with Amy, my brother got the tickets.  He called me to tell me where I was sitting – first class!!!  None of these details were coincidental, each of them were orchestrated by God.


Y’all, God is so good.  I was praying for a half price ticket, and God was preparing me a first class seat.  He used my sister-in-law and my brother to complete His plan.  I am a girl today with a grateful heart.  Grateful for a big brother who still watches out for his little sister and grateful for an even BIGGER God.  A God who is all powerful.  A God who cannot be put in a box.  A God who is first class.


Are you putting God in the box about a situation in your life?  There is NO limit to what God can do?  Sit and think on that one a minute.  God can do anything.  Just give Him your sparklers, and He’ll turn them into the fireworks grand finale!

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  • Sarah Sep 15 at 1:42 pm

    God’s plans are so much bigger and better than ours! I’m happy for you! I know first hand how expensive those tickets are, my sister used to live in Albq!

  • Chatty Kelly Sep 15 at 5:18 pm

    Amen! Have a great trip!

  • Runner Mom Sep 15 at 6:11 pm

    Woohoo! Loved this! I think I am putting Him in a box about a situation at church. I really needed to hear your post today, friend!

  • Vicki Sep 15 at 6:39 pm

    AWesome post! To God be the glory!

  • Kimberly Sep 15 at 7:41 pm

    How awesome!

    I need to hand Him my sparklers for sure!!!!

    Love ya’,
    K 🙂

  • ocean mommy Sep 16 at 1:49 am


    LOVE that He did this for you!!

  • BethAnne Sep 16 at 3:24 pm

    YAY!!! Awesome story— coincidence? I think not!!! God is in the details even though we think He only deals in the Big stuff.

  • Sita Sep 16 at 4:47 pm

    As I listened to different individuals honor my hubby last night, I was certainly glad that we have a God whose plans for us are not what we in our finite minds could ever come up with. Then again, He would not be the great I AM, if we could think like Him. So, here’s to our God on whom we can rest even the most impossible of situations and hear Him say, “no problem!”
    Thank you, Lord.

  • Kelley Sep 17 at 2:51 am

    I just LOVE when GOD comes through like that!!

  • Carmen Sep 17 at 9:35 pm

    ” I was praying for a half price ticket, and God was preparing me a first class seat. “

    Loving it! That is gloriously true…I’m astonished at our lack of faith @ times…”Oooh, little Faaaaiiith”

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