I forgot to tell y’all how awesome Friday was. Get your popcorn ready, this is a good one:
Have you heard the song by King George called “I Saw God Today“?
His fingerprints are everywhere, I just look down and stop and stare, open my eyes and then I swear, I Saw God Today.
Friday, during our trip home from Punta Cana, I saw God, twice. Read that sentence again: I saw God twice. My heart still flutters at the thought.
The first time God revealed himself was at baggage claim. We had to clear customs so Kacy and I were waiting on our bags, and up walks this sweet man named Ethan who asked if he could pray over us. Y’all, Kacy and I were blown away. We dropped everything and right there at baggage claim we prayed together, with our new friend Ethan, and as He promised in Matthew 18:20
“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” NIV
You’ve seen the pictures, you’ve heard the stories, but until a stranger approaches you with the sole purpose of praying for you – mind blown. So, so, so awesome. Kacy and I saw God on Friday, at the baggage claim in the Charlotte airport.
Remember, I told you that I saw him twice Friday? So we leave baggage claim and we’re rolling to our gate and we met a beautiful woman named Cheryl who was traveling to New Mexico with her husband, “Grandpa”, and other family. With the promise of returning with a burger, Cheryl’s family got her situated at the gate, dropped their bags and gave us the opportunity to chat. Now I know for a fact that not one of you is surprised that I am chatting up strangers in the airport, but you may be wondering why Cheryl was my target. Well, I’ll tell you: SHE HAD PHIL FRIENDS!! She too was a walking stick connoisseur! She laughed that I’d named mine Phil and Larry, understood the struggles of using both in a world of doors, and shared with me her face plant stories.
We bonded instantly, her diagnosis of Parkinson’s and the similarities with ALS, my clinical trial involving an FDA approved drug for Parkinson’s, our dreams of doing everything we can before our bodies give out, and our passion for education. We were chatting like old friends, laughing and sharing stories, and like friends do Cheryl asked, “Have you found Christ?”
Mind blown, again, at the same airport in Charlotte and as promised in Matthew 5:16
“let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” – ESV
Our conversation changed to how we have hope for our future because of our relationship with God, and that our faith in his plans for us is unwaivering. When it was time to depart, Cheryl hugged me and said, “I don’t even know you but I know that I love you.” I saw God, right there, in my new friend Cheryl.
Breath gone. Mind blown. God on full display.