Hello from Wisconsin!!!
I hope everyone had a relaxing and wonderful Fourth of July Weekend! I sure did! Right now, Steven and I are up in Wisconsin with my family at our lake home! We’ve been boating, firework-ing, cooking and eating, imbibing in a few cocktails, and truly, just enjoying being together!
Well, gosh, do I have an incredibly story for you tonight, that happened on Friday as my special gentleman and I were flying to Wisconsin. Pop some popcorn, guys, sit back and relax because this is one heck of a doosey!
Maybe this is just me, but I think sometimes, when God’s hand it at work in our lives, we don’t always see it, because it can be disguised as an inconvenience, or a detour, or…in this case, something incredibly frustrating!
Indulge me for a moment, and allow me to start at the beginning.
So…Steven and I originally booked our tickets to fly into Wisconsin on Friday night, at 10:30pm, connecting through Chicago.
BUT, when some plans changed last week, we realized that we could change out flight (for free) and fly in earlier in the day on Friday. SO we changed out flight, and were scheduled to arrive early in the afternoon, in time for an afternoon of boating and the Friday Night Fish Fry.
Anywho – Friday morning, Steven picks me up in a Uber and we arrive at the airport with plenty of time – about two hours – to spare before our flight….anticipating a surge of holiday travelers, getting a quick Independence Day getaway.
Well. We get to our gate, only to find that our flight has been delayed two hours, meaning that we’re going to miss our connecting flight in Chicago.
But not to worry. We were on it. We logged onto the airline’s app and were able to change our connecting flight to this airline’s last flight out of the day, at 7pm.
So we had two hours to kill at the airport. We’d be arriving later than we’d hoped, but, grand scheme of things, all was good. We were going to be getting there. Just a little inconvenience. It’s okay.
So we have a nice lunch and a cocktail at the airport…afterall, we’re officially on vacation now.
Welllll, not soon after, our phones get pinged….our fight is delayed ANOTHER TWO HOURS!
Oh gosh. Our layover cushion in Chicago is now just an hour. We’re still okay, but we’ve got to get to the bottom of this.
So we rush back to our gate area, and of course, being Newark Airport, there was nobody around to help, and the gate agents who were there wouldn’t let me talk to them. “This isn’t your gate, wait until your agent arrives an hour before your departure.”
And then, *ping* we get another notification…the flight is delayed another hour an a half. “Passengers on flight 3584 to Chicago, we just got word, your plane is stuck on the ground in Dallas. We’ll let you know when it leaves, and then we’ll get you out after their three hour flight.”
This is no good. One of the biggest travel days of the year. And we were for certain going to miss our connection now in Chicago. The flights tomorrow morning were all booked. No one around to field our questions. If we were going to get to Wisconsin, we were going to have to figure out how to do it ourself.
We looked at rental cars out of Chicago….not a single one. We looked at buses from Chicago to Wisconsin…booked.
Finally, we got on our phones and started looking if there were ANY other flight options that day, even other airlines.
And there was one other flight out of Newark that day to Chicago and then onto Wisconsin at 9:10pm. But it was on a different airline, and there was no way for us to book that flight without a gate agent.
So. I was a woman on a mission. I found a gate agent who was having lunch in the food court. I waited off to the side until she was finished, and then as SOON as she threw away her garbage, I said, “I’m so sorry to bother you, but we’ve been delayed six hours, we’ve missed our two connections in Chicago. *This* (showing her the flight on my phone) is the only flight to our destination today, could you please book us on this.”
She, of course, said she was busy and couldn’t.
Crushed, I went back to our seats, when I saw a little guy come out of the employee lounge. This was my last chance.
“Sir. Could you please help me?”
And sure enough, this wonderful man got on the computer system and booked those last minute tickets for us. We got THE LAST TWO seats on the flight. We were going to be okay.
The flight out ended up being delayed another 45 minutes on the tarmac. And we ended up having to run through the Chicago O’Hare airport to catch our 9:10 flight.
But it doesn’t end there.
So, we’re running to our gate in Chicago, and wouldn’t you know….the 7:10 flight to Wisconsin was ALSO delayed, and hadn’t left yet. And it just so happened to be 4 gates down from our flight.
So we run to the gate agent in Chicago…“Sir, any chance we can get on stand-by for this flight?”
“Well, it’s full, but you can try.”
So we get our standby tickets, and sit down in the waiting area to see if we’re going to make the flight.
And all of a sudden, I heard this sweet little voice behind me, “Is your name Caralyn?”
I turn around to find this beautiful young woman, smiling at me.
My mind instantly went to the worst case scenario…Oh gosh, did I drop my ID?!
“Hi, I just wanted to tell you that your book changed my life.”
When I tell you that I got choked up and almost started crying.
“Oh my gosh thank you so much!”
We gave each other a huge hug, and had a wonderful conversation right there in the gate area. She got to meet my special gentleman, and it turns out, she was on that same flight to Wisconsin.
But gosh, meeting her absolutely made my day. It was so affirming, and I felt like my heart was bursting out of my chest.
But it turned out that she had also had quite the day, getting there, complete with her own slew of cancellations and delays.
And we got to talking, and we both came to the conclusion, that we both went through all the detours and roundabouts that day, for the very purpose that our paths would cross that evening at the tiny gate while waiting on stand-by.
That God allowed those crazy things to happen, so that we’d be at that very place at that very time, able to connect with one another.
Yes, Steven and I ended up getting on that stand by flight and we arrived in at the lake home at 11pm, where we proceeded to have a huge snack because we were HUUUUUNGRY!
But this episode just reminded me that God is always working, even in ways that are a little bit mixed up, a little bit disruptive, a little bit helter skelter. But at the end of the day, He’s always got our best interest at heart.
So there you go! That was my story of how God winked at me in Chicago!
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Have a wonderful Monday! We’re off to go on the boat!
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