Three years later, we’re off to Europe again, thanks to some price mistake by American Airlines. Now, my wife didn’t want any possibility of a repeat experience of three years ago, so this time there would be no checked bag, only a carry on. All would be well right? Well. As we boarded our Detroit to New York flight, we had to have it pinked ticketed because the plane was a small one and wouldn’t hold in the cabin that size of a carry on. As we get of the plane and await our bag in the jet bridge, I see our green bag. I immediately go after it and then we move to our new gate. About 7-10 minutes later, my wife gets a phone called from a unrecognized number. She answers and the person on the other line asks if we have their bag. We did. While it was the same model and color bag, it wasn’t ours. Thankfully we were able to make the switch. My wife was not to pleased with my carelessness. But tragedy was avoided.
Later on after our bus trip into Amsterdam from Brussels, we head into the bus station to use the restroom. From there we walk to the underground metro station. As we are trying to figure out where we need to go in a language that none of us knew, a young lady comes and asks us in Spanish if we had happened to leave a green bag at the bus station. Oh boy! My wife didn’t have to say a thing, her eyes to the whole story. Immediately, I start running to the station, hoping it’s still there. It was.
Distracted, clumsy, Inattentive, so many words could be used to describe my lack of care over that bag. But, I’m glad that there is a God that can bring good out of our clumsiness.
Romans 8:28 says: And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
So what good came as a result. We got to know that young girl, along with another young couple, and we decided to discover and visit the city together, and divide the rental of place to stay that night. During that afternoon, as we were getting to know each other, the conversation shifts to our employment. When it was my turn to answer, I said that I was a Seventh-day Adventist minister. They had never heard of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. So for a good time, I was able to share with them who we were and our AMAZING message.
God took my faultiness and turned into the opportunity for a seed of the gospel and of His church to be planted in the lives of others. Reminds me of another Bible text 2 Corinthians 12:9a “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”.