I was recently traveling on a crowded flight on a work trip. My row was full, but fortunately I had an aisle seat.
Just across the aisle was a woman traveling alone with a toddler and a newborn. She had her hands full….literally. The infant was crying and the toddler was all over the seats, floor and aisle. The mother looked exhausted.
The toddler and I struck up a series of short conversations while we waited for takeoff. She asked lots of questions.:
What’s your name?
Where are you from?
Where are you going?
What are you reading?
Do have babies at home?
I enjoyed our interactions, and it seemed to keep the toddler occupied (and give her mom a break).
Shortly into the flight, the toddler announced that she needed to go to the bathroom. Her mom said that the baby had just gone to sleep, and asked if she (the toddler) could wait until the plane landed.
The kid couldn’t wait. It was an emergency. She needed to go NOW.
Frazzled, the mom looked across the aisle at me and said:
“I hate to ask you this, but can you please hold my baby while I take my daughter to the bathroom?”
She looked sad and anxious. I’m sure that she had weighed her options and determined that her best solution was to ask a stranger to hold her sleeping baby while she assisted her toddler.
“Of course,” I replied. She reluctantly placed her baby into my arms. I held her sleeping child for about 5 minutes until the family returned to their seats.
“Thank you,” the mom said with tears in her eyes.
I sat back and processed what had just happened. This woman trusted a stranger to hold her precious baby so she could help another child. She was out of options and had to throw her trust into me.
Trusting your baby to a stranger.
Have you ever felt so desperate that you didn’t know where to turn?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and trust not in your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
Our faith is tested daily. We have health obstacles, work issues and family troubles. Sometimes challenges in my life are so complex that I can’t see an answer.
But I have to remember to let go and ask God for guidance.
This week my prayer is to not rely on my own wisdom, but to ask God for solutions and inspiration to address life’s challenges.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. Psalm 118:8
Please let me know how I may pray for you.