Sit back and get ready for a story of God’s providence and Scott’s – something.
Saturday at 6:07, so I am told, I tried to drop off my bag for my 6:30am flight to Florida and was told I was too late. I knew we were pushing it, but I though I had and extra three min. by their accounting. So I was late. My first time on my account.
Frustrated, sleep deprived (not that much really) and fighting a cold or allergies I tried to figure out what to do. Rebooking meant going tomorrow morning, too late and really expensive. I was early enough, since Denise had done the online check-in for me, that I could fly and yet had to leave my bag. I called Denise, but her cell phone was off. I caught her as she entered the house on the home phone. So she came back to get me. I knew a friend was in the area I was going in Florida so I skyped him, but he was busy.
We got home and checked other flight ideas and nothing worked for less than a lot of money. I finally gave up and started the “I am so sorry, but I missed the flight (be nice Jim)” emails and phone calls to my final destination. All the calls and emails were sent so I sat down to pray and read the Bible. Almost immediately I sensed God telling me to call Delta about options.
I finally got a nice representative who “seemed” so concerned (I think he was somewhat, maybe). He confirmed I could pay almost $900 and fly tomorrow morning. Not an option on both accounts. Then I asked if he cancelled my ticket? Doable for about $850 after fees. Thanks for noth’n. Then I asked about refund options, he put me on hold. He came back and said for $50 I could make the 9:15 flight today, this had always been full. It was 8:35 so not enough time to get to the airport. He put me on hold again. I called the airport with my cell phone and they never answered and their message box was full – wow, really. At the same time I was hearing the “box is full” message for the second time, a new person came on the line that was on hold. A ticket agent said things were all set? Set for what? Now the 11:30am flight was open and I would get in late tonight. Seemed too good to be true so I booked it.
I got to the airport – EARLY – for the 11:30 on a different airline. The ticket agent at the first airline said I didn’t need to pay again for my bag. Here at the airport I was told I needed to pay again. But God intervened. I showed her my original receipt so she waved the cost. Praise the Lord.
I thanked her for a small blessing on a day I really could use one. She commented all of my situation was kind of weird, snide remarks deserved by Jim, since I should not have been able to be transferred to their airline. I then shared with her that I prayed and God clearly wanted me to go today. She stumbled to confirm it must have been God. Yea, got a chance to witness about God’s love and providence! God is awesome!!! I pray now the simple witness bugs her until she accepts the Lord. Covert missions strategy, hahah.
Long, but thought it might be fun to get a glimpse into Scott’s sometimes (insert comment Jim) crazy world.
Today’s update. Made the return flights ok so far, one left to go. Soon I will be home. Hurray!!!