There is a computer here in the hotel, so I guess you aren't rid of me for a few days after all!
It is wonderful to be here with my family. We had a glorious time last night sitting outside on my brother's deck, looking at a beautiful sunset over beautiful water.... water that is such a rare sight for someone from the arid west. We are leaving on boats in a little while to go to an island. Fun!
The flight was amazing. Every single seat on the plane was full. Seated next to me - please do not laugh, this is NOT a joke - was a woman with Tourette's Disorder. She had it very severely. She screamed intermittently throughout the flight. Then she cried because she felt so bad about being so socially unacceptable. Then she threw up.
And here was my reaction to that: I thanked God from the bottom of my heart that he thought enough of me to place this woman next to me out of all the people on that airplane. It really was a spiritual experience. I held the woman's hand, and rubbed her back while she was throwing up. I reassured her that she was fine and there was no reason to apologize to anyone. And did I worry about my anxiety about flying for one second during that flight? No. Absolutely not.
I think there is probably an opportunity for service in every moment of our lives if we will be open to the idea...
I am going to attempt a quote here - with no book, so I have no page number - sorry, this is off the top of my head...
"Keep on the firing line of life with these motives and God will keep you unharmed."