Divine Appointment at O’Hare Airport
Divine appointments never cease to amaze me. I recently experienced one at Chicago’s O’Hare airport.
I found my gate an hour prior to departure and settled into a seat beside a woman about my age. We greeted one another and entered a polite conversation.
“Are you traveling for business or pleasure?” I asked.
“I’m returning from a missions trip to Ecuador,” she said.
“That’s great!” I said. “Missions trips are life-changing. My husband and I regularly lead short-term teams to Eastern Europe.”
“Eastern Europe? I adopted two children from Russia.” She paused, and then dropped her voice to a whisper. “They have dark skin.”
Dark skin. I understood the implication. The children were likely of Roma descent—a discriminated people group entrenched in poverty. Several of my friends have committed their lives to ministering among the Roma, and I join them every summer.
Our polite conversation immediately turned personal. She told me of parenting challenges she was facing. I listened, and then I told her about a friend who’d adopted five Roma children—a friend who could relate to her experience.
“May I introduce you by email?” I asked. “She might have some valuable insights for you.”
Tears brimmed the woman’s eyes and began trickling down her cheeks. “Absolutely,” she said. She wiped her face with the back of her hand. “Our meeting was no accident. My plane was overbooked, so I volunteered to take a later flight. I’m sitting at this gate, in this seat only because I found an electrical outlet here and could recharge my laptop. This is a divine appointment.”
No doubt she’s right. O’Hare is one of the world’s busiest airports. Website statistics say approximately 67 million passengers travel through the facility annually. Do the math. With only 365 days in a year, what’s the probability of our paths crossing?
The woman and I exchanged contact information, and I’ve since introduced her to my friend via email. The eventual outcome is unknown to me, but one thing I do know: God specializes in divine appointments to accomplish His purposes. He’s at work at all times and in all places. Let’s be alert and join Him there.
Grace Fox is an international speaker at women’s events and the author of five books including Moving from Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation and Peaceful Moments to Begin Your Day: Devotions for Busy Women (Harvest House). She and her husband lead International Messengers Canada, a ministry that focuses on building God’s kingdom in Eastern Europe (www.im-canada.ca). Grace’s next devotional—Morning Moments with God: Devotions for the Busy Woman is scheduled for release on January 1, 2014 (Harvest House). Read Grace’s devotional blog (www.gracefox.com/blog) or visit her on Facebook and Twitter (gracelfox).