People usually give me, and others, that line when talking about meeting a significant other. And they're probably right, and I hope they are. But if any of you have been reading the blog for any time, you've heard me share some of my God moments that have happened when I least expected them.
Well, I had another, and before I could have even called it one, the new friend I met called it one to me. Over the last three days, I was in Columbus, OH speaking at conference about my box project to other educators. I was thrilled that more than one person was in the audience this time, rather than the one when I spoke in Minneapolis summer. That also turned out to be a God moment though since that one was a woman named Nicole, who happens to be the chair of education at Concordia University. For the new session, I was able to share that serendipitous story with the new audience, so they allowed me to take another selfie to compare the experiences. :) See below!
My workshop went well, and the 18 participants were stunned, in a good way, about the project. Many said they would take the project and establish it in their school, which is my goal. I think God was with me as I shared the cool thing that's happening in my class, but there was a real God moment at 7:00 am this morning, in the front row of a plane. And although the moment happened with a woman some of you may have heard of, the God moment is how it happened in the first place.
As I waited my turn to board the Southwest Airlines plane, a woman was brought on the plane in a wheelchair, carrying a guitar. It was a somewhat unusual sight. When I boarded the plane, she was in the front row aisle seat, and since I love the front row for leg room, of course I also took the window seat in the same row, leaving the middle seat open for another passenger. The plane was supposedly filled, but for some reason no one ever sat between us. Although we were both tired from getting up at 5 am, and each of us expected to take naps, we never got around to them, since we talked the whole way.
Our conversation ranged from my trip to Liberia a few years ago, to cooking, teaching, her kids, the box project, living your passion and almost everything in between. I told her about my book, so gave her my business card and asked if I could have her address to send her a book. She asked about the website, so I told her about the tabs on the site: teaching, boxes, videos, Imaginaction, but also about the God tab.
This really intriqued her, so I shared some of the God moments I've experienced over the last few months. We then of course started talking about God. As the minutes went by, in the back of my mind I was thinking we were having a God moment during these moments on the plane. The last thing I wanted as I boarded that plane this morning was a conversation, like most of us, because I wanted a nap. As we continued our talk, she stopped me and said, "The way we've connected is a God moment." She was so right. And it was all because no one sat in that middle seat between us in that front row.
Her name happens to me Ruth Ward, also known as Mama Bear in the duo group of Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear. She was so gracious about that and didn't bring it up to impress me at all. She really just brought it up as we talked about passions in life and that she never thought in her lifetime she would be doing what she is doing. She was genuinely grateful, and I was very grateful to have such a cool conversation on a flight home. When I least expected it.
Photos below are from my last two workshops, and I've also included two songs from Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear!