CALM | Philippians 4:19


“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”


My first plane ride happened when I was in my late 20’s. I was adamant about never flying. My friends would talk about taking me on a plane but I warned them that I would kick and scream. I had no desire to ever fly since I enjoyed driving to where I needed to go even if it was a 32 hour drive. I had made plans to go see a friend who had recently relocated to Orlando after getting married. I was living in Maryland and was going to drive down with another friend. We were going to surprise her for her birthday. About a week before we were scheduled to leave my friend who I was driving down with couldn’t come. I didn’t want to take that drive by myself since I was only going to be down there for the weekend. I knew I had to get down there to see her since she didn’t know anyone there and was away from her family and friends. Sometimes you can feel like a loner in a new city when your friends and family are hundreds of miles away. I had no other choice. If I wanted to surprise her then I was going to have to get on a plane. Just the thought of traveling by plane made me scared and nervous. I never thought that my first plane ride would be to Orlando let alone by myself with no one I knew.

As I entered the plane I was surprised at how small the inside was. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. The space was way too small. “Oh God”, I thought. All I wanted to do was get off but I walked down the one aisle plane to a seat in the back. I took a few deep breaths and sat beside a middle aged couple.  Before heading to the runway my seat mates, Kevin and Karen, and I engaged in small talk. I told them that I was going to surprise my friend for her birthday. They shared that they were going to visit their son. We fastened our seat belts and headed to the runway. “This wasn’t bad at all,” I thought. Then the pilot came on and announced that we were cleared for take off. The engine revved and the plane jetted down the runway at full force. I clinched the armrest as tight as I possible could, rested my head back and closed my eyes. “God help me”, I thought. I sat still in my seat holding that position as we took off. Kevin and Karen occupied the time working together at solving their crossword puzzle. I could tell that they were enjoying themselves as they spoke softly to fill in all the spaces. Surprisingly, I was not as afraid as I had been during take off. There was a certain calmness and peace I felt as I sat beside them. I had a peace of mind that I knew I had only gotten from God.

After the weekend was over I headed back to the airport to return home. “Ok God. You got me here safely please get me back safely”, I thought as I entered the plane. I wanted that same calmness and peace of mind that I had experienced on the flight to Orlando. To my surprise there was Kevin and Karen sitting towards the back of the plane. I quickly made my way down the aisle and sat next to them again.

Orlando has many flights arriving and departing daily. What are the chances that you take a flight with the same people coming and going and you don’t even know each other?

There is no doubt in my mind that God arranged that to happen. He knew what I needed being that I was extremely uncomfortable with flying. He provided Kevin and Karen for my benefit in order for me to be calm and have a peace of mind.

Today’s text doesn’t just apply to money or material things. It encompasses every need that we will ever have. Have no doubt. God will give you exactly what you need, when you need it and how you need it. It may come in a different form than what you expect but it will be exactly what you need. #LivingTheLife



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