Saturday, June 24, 2006

Found a Computer!

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."

11 comments:

Scott said...

MC, you truly are an angel... in the 7th Step it even says... "our purpose is to fit ourselves to be of maximum service to God and those about us..." I think you and your HP are living proof of that statement! Have a great trip and be safe! Glad yer able to be online!

peace to you

dAAve said...

I bet you'll find yourself in the pilot's seat on the way home.
Have a wondereful weekend.

Christine said...

service, service, service
Wow--God's got you in His hands

Have fun today!

BigSkymAAck said...

I knew you were a special lady. The lady you had next to you must have been special in order to have you next to her. I am glad you found a pc.

Gwen said...

That is beautiful. You are a strong example of a truly sober woman. Thank you.

NMAMFQLMSH said...

Wow MC you are right it is as if the HP sat that woman there for you to help.
I'm glad you are having a great time.
I see you,
JJ

Tab said...

What an amazing experience for you MC.I love how you shared that with us.Just as touching for me is that my nephew has Tourette's.
Thanks for being a good human:)
sharing your goodness does indeed make a difference!!

lash505 said...

Very good, service is our survival. We lead by action not bymwords. ty

Sober Chick said...

Oh MC, you are a blessing. What a wonderful experience to be a part of and to share.

Trudging said...

What about your shoes?

Tracie said...

Goodness, MC. And look how much her God loves her, because He put you in the seat next to her. I can only imagine how others might have reacted. She'll probably remember that flight and that incredible kindness forever.