I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. –Isaiah 43:19b
This month we got to take some of our girls to the Netherlands for a discipleship weekend. I had been looking forward to this weekend for many months. The night before we were supposed to leave, I was having a relaxing evening at home. I was cooking dinner and mentally preparing for the camp. At some point between sautéing onions and mincing garlic, I checked my phone. I had a notification from the airline. I figured that our flight was delayed, it was supposed to snow the next morning.
“We are sorry for the inconvenience”, the notification read, “Your flight has been cancelled.”
16 hours before we were supposed to leave.
Along with burnt onions.
I have heard stories of people having cancelled flights. But I never imagined it would happen to me (naive, I now realize). But I didn’t believe it would be cancelled on such an important, life changing, camp weekend.
I called the airline.
“I can reschedule you and your party on the next available flight, free of charge!” I could feel hope was rising in my soul!! “It will leave Sunday at 9am, would that work for you, Miss Swindler?”
No, I did my best to explain, this would not work for me. The camp was a weekend camp; we were going to fly back on Monday. I was supposed to lead a game of Bunko the first night of camp (I really love bunko)!
I got a call from our sweetest volunteer leader, “Hey, Olivia, sorry to bug you, but did you see our flight was cancelled?” Through my tears, I told her that I did, and it took everything in me not to break into sobs. It all felt very hopeless.
With the help of Amy, we figured that the best option was to take the train. We would leave Grenoble at 6:15 am, take the fast train to Paris, switch train stations and take a second train to Rotterdam, where we would be picked up and driven to camp.
And it worked. We made it safely to camp. Praise Jesus, hallelujah.
Our journey to camp looked nothing like I had planned or imagined. It bonded our group in a way a smooth flight would not have, and we created many new memories along the way. The best part about the journey was that kids made it to camp and got to hear about the love of Jesus. God made a way where I feared there would not be one.
The night of the cancelled flight, as soon as the panic had settled and I came to terms with the fact I would not be flying to camp, I came to the realization that we would in-fact find a way to get kids to the Netherlands. I had to rest in the fact that I believe God makes a way in situations that seem impossible. I believe that this is the faithfulness and determination with which God loves His people—with a willingness to do whatever it takes to bring them to Him, willing to send His Son to die for us, willing to make a way when to the human eyes it all seems impossible.
This week, I was reminded of one of my all-time favorite songs by Train, called “Get to Me”. He sings about all the different modes of transportation his girlfriend could take to get to him (this song was extra relatable as I found myself rattling through all the possible ways to get to camp). I believe God is willing to do all that and more, He will make a way, just to get to us.
Thus says the Lord,
who makes a way in the sea,
a path in the mighty waters,
who brings forth chariot and horse,
army and warrior;
they lie down, they cannot rise,
they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:
“Remember not the former things,
nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
The wild beasts will honor me,
the jackals and the ostriches,
for I give water in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people,
the people whom I formed for myself
that they might declare my praise.
“Yet you did not call upon me, O Jacob;
but you have been weary of me, O Israel!
You have not brought me your sheep for burnt offerings,
or honored me with your sacrifices.
I have not burdened you with offerings,
or wearied you with frankincense.
You have not bought me sweet cane with money,
or satisfied me with the fat of your sacrifices.
But you have burdened me with your sins;
you have wearied me with your iniquities.