There we were, rushing through one of the largest, busiest airports in the United States. Atlanta International. Passing through a corridor on our way to use an elevator (since the large off-road double stroller we brought will not fit on an escalator), I heard someone call out my name. Not that the name Ryan is all that uncommon, but in general you don’t hear names of any kind being yelled out in the middle of a busy airport.
I looked to see who it was that was trying to get my attention (or the attention of someone else with my name), and my eyes fell upon a familiar face. It was Jim Edwards from the Kansas City Baptist Temple. Some of you already know why Jim was in the Atlanta airport at that moment and why it was so cool to see him, but for those of you that do not, let me explain.
Jim Edwards and 24 other people from our church, the Kansas City Baptist Temple, were on a weeklong trip to San Jose, Costa Rica to help with some construction work at the church of KCBT missionary Greg Kedrovsky. Our original plan had been to travel with this team for our move to Costa Rica, but the blessing of using Delta Skymiles to purchase all of our tickets required us to travel a week later on the day of their return. Twelve members of this team had graciously volunteered to help us in our move to Costa Rica by each carrying a suitcase full of our stuff. This was an huge blessing and allowed us to bring a total of 22 suitcases (12 with them, plus 10 of our own) to our new home in Costa Rica. Not only did this save us a lot of money, it also provided the manpower to move that many pieces of luggage from one place to another.
Jim and another member of the team were hurrying to catch their flight from Atlanta back to Kansas City, while we were hurrying to catch our flight from Atlanta to San Jose, Costa Rica.
So in that enormous airport filled with thousands of people, God saw fit to encourage us by crossing our path with some members of the very team that had been such a blessing to us. We only had time to say hi and smile, but it was a bright spot in our trip at just the right time.
Coincidence you say? No, not coincidence, God’s providence. God is so good to us, and He is always right on time with the way He meets our needs, big or small.