HH had a business trip to San Diego last week. Early last month, he asked if I’d like to go with him. While thinking about it over the next couple of weeks, the price for flights dropped suddenly.
I asked again for the dates, and HH said the 11th through the 13th. Quick trip, but OK.
Last Saturday, I suddenly realized our flight on Monday with a connection in Houston, TX, was on 9/11. Yikes! Why didn’t 9/11 occur to me when he said “the 11th through the 13th”?
Was I going to get all weird about it and be afraid to board those flights? I tried to not think about it as we flew the first leg from Memphis to Houston.
I saw the huge cloud coverage from Irma in the sky behind us as we lifted off. Irma’s rains were due that day but hadn’t reached us yet. We didn’t know how bad it would be in our area while we were away. (Certainly minimal compared to other places!)
Thankfully, the flight was “smooth sailing”. It was a beautiful, sunny day west of our southeastern states covered by Irma’s cloud! On our approach to Houston, it was mostly dry but looked to be still wet in the distance after Hurricane Harvey’s flooding.
I was reminded of this verse, which is something we cling to in times of tragedy, whether it be an attack like 9/11 or a hurricane and flooding. Many of us have been constant in prayer these past weeks due to Harvey and Irma!
We boarded our second flight with ease. The woman sitting beside me was quiet at first, but after one of us mentioned hot flashes on our lift-off, our conversation was also off and flying! (In addition to hot flashes, we found much we have in common.)
I felt a kind-ship, thinking, “She’s probably a Christian”. My concern over flying on 9/11 vanished, thanks to my delightful new friend!
She is from Birmingham, AL (a southern sister), and she and her husband live on acreage with a few horses – much like HH and I. One difference, though, is they ride their horses regularly. We don’t anymore. (Too many broken bones and near-misses. Ha!)
My new friend was flying out to visit her daughter’s family, which includes grandsons. She mentioned her son-in-law, Charles, and that he recently accepted a new position with David Jeremiah’s staff as worship leader.
Something clicked in my brain, and I had a suspicion. Could her S-I-L be Charles Billingsly? The Charles Billingsly? I have enjoyed listening to his music on CD for many years.
Yes! It’s him!
It’s funny how you can feel a connection with a musical artist. I feel like I know Charles Billingsly personally. I don’t, of course, but we’ve spent many hours worshiping in song together in my car over the years! 🙂
If you don’t know Charles Billingsly already, I think you’ll feel he’s a friend after worshiping with him today.
May this be a spectacular start to our Lord’s day of worship!