Traveling in Faith
(NKJV) Proverbs 16:9 says “A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.”
It was October 2019 and the Holy Spirit spoke to me and told me to book a flight to Canada. I didn’t quite understand how it was possible for the Holy Spirit to speak to me like this at the time, but instead of ignoring, I yielded to His voice in faith.
Around this time, I was getting ready to enter Nursing school. I felt that the timing for this was not the best considering I would be in my first semester by the time I would go to Canada. As I’m looking for flights the only weekend that permitted me to fly was Martin Luther King weekend which would give me about 4 days to be out of the country. I didn’t know why the Lord led me this way, but I trusted Him. I had plans to be completely submitted to school but the Lord had me submitted to Him.
I went to school the day I had to leave for my flight. I actually had my very first check off for a skill I learned, and I needed to pass it so between this and my reluctant feelings to fly by myself, my emotions were scattered. I ended up passing without a hitch and off I went to drive 2 hours to the airport. I got thereon time to relax, but of course my flight was delayed. I took this time to rest and get something to eat. I had no idea what it was going to be like to enter back into my hometown after all these years. I started to contact my grandparents to let them know I was on my way.
As soon as I stepped of the plane, it was a winter wonderland! It was cold and snow filled. The snow was supposedly unexpected from the weather forecast. I rented a small car, and this was a mistake because I had to learn how to maneuver through the snow in this little vehicle for the first time. I had gotten my driver’s license in Florida so this was a task I was not use to! The first house I went to was my grandfather’s and he was thrilled to see me after all these years. I was nervous but also happy to see that the house was exactly as I remembered. A little familiarity to calm my nerves with seeing my family after being away for so long. I got to Canada at 1 am and we ended up talking through the morning hours! I ended up having the same experience with my grandmother. I would walk the streets and have flashbacks as a child in this country I was born in. It felt foreign and familiar all at the same time. I have so much family I wish I could’ve seen but 4 days went by so fast. Before I left, I was already planning my next three trips that year.
It was truly a trip I never knew I needed. I planned to come backthree times that year but then shortly after we had a worldwide pandemic take place in March that caused lockdowns at the borders. I was now unable to travel for the rest of the year. You see, if it was not for the Holy Spirit “directing” me to take this trip I would have never got to bond with my grandparents the way that I did. I would’ve never got to get my dose of medication I never knew I needed. Experiencing this level of nostalgia was just what I needed to start this new journey of becoming a nurse. I came back to the core of who I was while being there. My obedience to the Lord also kickstarted at this point. My relationship with God transcended as I was able to see him in a new light.
(NKJV) Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Sometimes we believe that obedience in Christ means that we will be bossed around but the Lord’s plans for us are always to give us what we need at the right time.
Prayer: I thank you that you are an on-time God. I admire that you are a God who considers all times, seasons, and situations. Thank you for always having a plan outside of ours. Continue to be the right dose of medicine that we need to accomplish your will for our lives. Teach us how to be yielded to The Holy Spirit. We love and cherish who you are, in Jesus name. Amen.
Your turn: What have your experiences been traveling in faith?