Unexpected Blessings

the author and her friend, wearing aviation headsets

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;  and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Matthew 7:28-30

My uncle owned a small plane when I was young.  I always wanted to go flying with him but somehow the timing never worked out.  Ever since then I have had a pipe dream (more of a fantasy, really) of flying somewhere on a private plane, with that special someone, just to “do dinner”.  Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Last Friday, my good friend Debbie texted me this:

screenshot of text conversation "Hey Teressa!!! You and Art want to go for a flight this evening?" "What time?" "We have the plane 5-10p we can do dinner in Monterey."

Well, who could turn down an invitation like that?

Debbie’s husband Tim has his private pilot’s license.  Until recently, he was only checked out for two seater type planes.  But a few weeks ago, he finished his qualifications for four seaters.  So, he rented a plane for the night and guess what?  My dream came true!!   (the photo in the title is of Debbie and I in the backseat of the plane). We flew to Monterey, had dinner at El  Torito’s (don’t judge, it was what we could afford) and flew home.

On the way back to Napa, Tim got permission from air traffic control to give us a tour of San Francisco Bay.

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Golden Gate Bridge

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Night flight over San Francisco

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aerial view of the San Francisco Bay at night
The dark spots are water.

This was seriously one of the absolute BEST experiences of my life!!

A few days later I reflected on this unexpected blessing.  And I got to thinking, if God gave me this incredible gift, which really is just a pick-me-up, not anything I actually NEED, then why don’t I trust Him to cover the basics in my life?

This pondering brought to mind the verses from Matthew quoted above.  If God can make the beautiful flowers and every other part of His creation, then why wouldn’t he take care of us?  I’m going to try to stop worrying so much about my day to day life and start trusting God to shoulder my burdens.  His shoulders are much broader and stronger than mine anyway. 😉

Happy Thanksgiving!!

One thought on “Unexpected Blessings

  1. Wow, what an experience! I’m so glad you got to do that. And your gentle reminder about trusting God to meet our needs is one I needed to hear. Thanks for sharing.

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