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Perspective - June 2006

Recently I was returning to Los Angeles after speaking at a conference in Atlanta. As a "Lifetime Million-Miler," on a particular airline, I often am upgraded to first-class. After talking with airline officials, I was told they saw no reason why I wouldn't be upgraded on this flight. I arrived at the airport three hours early to aid my chance for a first-class seat.

Arriving at the gate, I regularly checked the monitor listing persons eligible for upgrade. I was excited as my name inched toward the top until it was the only one listed. I heard an announcement that first-class had been seated and the ground crew was ready to board coach. Reluctantly, I boarded and took my place in seat 25B. Sitting in 25A was a woman looking out the window. No pleasantries were exchanged. No words. Just silence. So I did my best to be comfortable.

Awhile into the flight I introduced myself. She turned and with tears streaming down her cheeks she informed me her mother had died in Los Angeles and she was flying back for the funeral. I had a flashback to my own trip to Los Angeles after hearing that my mother had passed away. I understood this woman's pain. And in that moment, I knew why I was sitting in coach instead of first-class.

On my lap was the book "Traveling Light," a commentary on Psalm 23 by Max Lucado. I had just finished reading about walking through the valley of the shadow of death, so I offered the woman the book. She took it quickly and quietly and thanked me. I offered a prayer for her and her family. Silently we continued our journey to LAX.

Coincidence? No! I had a Divine appointment. I continue to be amazed at how God works in the lives of believers to give us opportunities to be a witness for Him. I pray California Southern Baptists will always be aware of the appointments the Father has scheduled for us.

What about you? When was your last Divine appointment? I hope you didn't miss it!

Last Published: May 31, 2006 12:21 AM