Usually I love going to the airport. I check-in with plenty of time to spare so I can window shop and get something to eat. But my last visit didn’t go as expected. I joined the queue to check in my bag. It was a long queue, but I hoped it would move quickly. Thirty minutes later, I was still in the same spot. I could see on the departures screen that it was time to go to my gate…I was beginning to get a little stressed. By the time I reached the check in desk my flight was already boarding. I was really worried now, and my worry increased when the guy couldn’t check me in, and I had to go to another desk.
Thankfully, at the next desk everything went smoothly; I rushed through security and joined the other passengers boarding my flight. I got to my seat, still feeling quite stressed, and a bit hungry. But it was ok, I was on the flight, and on my way. I decided I would get a cup of tea to help me relax. Then the air hostess asked me to move seat as another lady wished to sit next to her daughter (who I presumed was the women sitting next to me). I was happy to oblige, so the air hostess moved me to an empty row and I sat next to the window. It was lovely to have some extra space and a chance to look out the window. It certainly helped me to feel more at ease after a stressful morning. As I was sitting there, I noticed that the woman who requested to sit next to her daughter was sitting next to another woman, not in my original seat. I wondered if the air hostess had made a mistake…but to be honest, I didn’t mind.
Shortly after this, the air hostess came back again, put her hand on my shoulder and asked if I’d like a complementary cup of tea. I was touched by her offer. I gladly accepted, and as I sat there I began to marvel at the situation. Why did the air hostess move me, when the woman didn’t actually need my seat? Why did she offer me a cup of tea? Could she tell that I was stressed? Whatever her motivation, I was touched by her kindness.
This series of events could be interpreted as coincidence, as a perceptive air hostess doing her job well. But I could see God’s fingerprints all over it.
I believe and trust in a God who holds the whole world in His hands (Isaiah 40; Psalm 95:4), who knows me totally and sees me wholly (even what I’m trying to hide from others; Psalm 139). I believe and trust in a God who shows kindness to His children (1 Samuel 20:14; Ephesians 2:7). I believe and trust in a God who can use ordinary people and situations to bless His people – like a kind air hostess, a quiet airplane seat and a calming cup of tea.
I am a child of God. I rejoice in the simple blessings of the everyday that my God bestows on me in His kindness towards me.
What is a blessing?
A blessing can be described as God’s protection and favour*. A simple understanding of a blessing is that it is how God shows love to His people**, “Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall! Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!” (Psalm 144:15).
God ultimately showed His great love for His people on the cross. Titus 3:4-8 talks about the ‘loving kindness’ of God in sending Jesus to save us from sin in His mercy, welcoming us into His family as children:
“But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Saviour appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life”.
But the overflow of God’s love doesn’t stop there. He continues to show us love in big and simple ways as we go about our lives. He does this to lift our eyes to Him. He does this to remind us that He is there when we forget. He does this to remind us of His character – His love, compassion, faithfulness, patience. He does this to show us that He loves and cares for us so much more than we can ever imagine.
Keep your eyes open – perhaps God is showing you love in some unexpected ways 🙂
** I noticed during my study that the way we use ‘blessing’ in everyday language is a little different that the biblical use of the word ‘blessing’. See the following link for a more comprehensive understanding of ‘blessing’ throughout the Bible https://www.gotquestions.org/blessing-Bible.html