April / May 2021
God graciously allowed me the opportunity to travel overseas to the beautiful country of Norway twice, and because of His kindness, I’ve made some wonderful friends over there. I’m so thankful to Him for that.
The first trip we took was in 2017, and everything went smoothly - from flying over there to returning home. The second trip we took in 2019, however, didn’t go quite as smoothly.
For starters, we hadn’t even left Nashville before I was randomly pulled out of the boarding line. I was told that I needed to check my carry-on bag because there was no room left in any of the overhead storage bins. That bag, of course, contained everything important I needed for the trip, and had I been thinking correctly, I would have removed the items I needed, but.... I didn't.
Once we landed in Norway and made it through customs, unfortunately, we got separated from one of the guys in our group. He had walked on ahead of us, made it to the gate, and was able to board the next plane; but because of a technical problem with our boarding passes, the rest of us ended up missing the connection to our final destination that day, and we had to wait two more hours before we could get on another flight.
To top things off, the airline lost all of our luggage once we finally landed that afternoon. Thankfully, though, we were reunited with our belongings a few hours later.
The three days we spent in Norway were great, but during the flight on our return home, while flying over Denmark, some geese flew into the side of our airplane, which caused damage to one of the plane’s wings, so the pilot had to turn around.
We ended up spending the night in Copenhagen, and the next morning, we flew from there to London. After a four-hour layover, we finally got in line to board the plane to return to Nashville; but, once again, I was pulled out of the boarding line because of a small package of laundry detergent that looked suspicious in my carry-on bag.
Up until this happened, I felt like The Lord had helped me to take everything that had happened in stride; but as I walked down the stairs to the security station, I began to panic. Between my frustration and extreme fatigue, I started to cry. I had visions of missing my plane and spending the night in London by myself, which was something I certainly didn’t want to do.
Thankfully, I was released from security within a few minutes and was able to board the plane that was headed home. I thanked God as I walked away from that security station and continued to thank Him the whole way down the passenger bridge.
Ever since I was a little girl, I have always felt God’s presence in my life. Though there have been times along the way when I have felt lonely, I have never once felt alone, and that's because I know God is with me wherever I go.
I'm so thankful for His watchful Eye upon me. He is my loving, protective Father, and no matter where the road of life may take me, He is my faithful traveling Companion, Who never leaves my side and Who never, ever forsakes me. The things the enemy uses to try to defeat me, The Lord uses to restore my faith and strengthen me with His Power.
“(Jesus said) ‘I am with you always; even until the end of the age’....” - Matthew 28:20