A Turbulent Flight Home

Yesterday my husband and I were enjoying chatting and having lunch with friends, our last meal together before we left Israel. We sat on the balcony enjoying the sunshine and warmth which had returned after much rain. Our hosts had made a Greek salad with bread and Calamari Pasta. I savoured and had plenty of the delicious food. The meal strengthened us for the journey ahead. We had just finished when the taxi man called to say he was waiting outside. After quick farewells we got the taxi to the TelAviv airport.

We checked the times of flights at Ben Guirion airport. Ours was the only one that showed the flight was delayed. When it came time to board old and young, babies in arms, Arabs, Jews and returning tourists gathered at the Gate for departures. An infant cried the whole time. There were Orthodox Jews on board, some old, feeble, humble men with long white beards and black hats. The attendants welcomed us on board and helped settle mothers with young and the old.

We were allocated our seats at the very back of the EasyJet aeroplane. This economic airline has no frills or extra comforts, but gets you places one could not otherwise afford to go. We didn’t mind because we had an unoccupied seat on the inside giving us space to stretch and have a sleep if need be. We were thankful.

The pilot spoke before our departure and apologised for the delay due to baggage handling back in the UK. He announced the flight time would be five and a half hours, which seemed a lot longer than our flight there. He didn’t tell us about the turbulence on the way over. The pilot has to slow down through turbulence. There were no frills but plenty of spills and thrills ahead of us.

We were strapped in our seats for the first two and a half hours of the trip home! The plane shook and jerked. Mothers and babies were sick. The flight attendants were going up and down the aisle giving out orange plastic bags and cups of water to help the sick.
I was praying as I do when turbulence hits on a journey. But never has it lasted so long.

I thought of the scripture when Jesus was asleep on a pillow at the back of the boat in the storm! Brendan and I were at the back of the aeroplane in a storm. He rebuked the disciples for being fearful and having little faith. Mark 4 v 38 to 40 KJV

And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

I decided not to be fearful and trust in God. I prayed for many others who were vulnerable. Brendan sang in my ear a song “I feel pretty”. We heard it in the movie we watched one night on Netfix. It’s called Anger Management staring Jack Nicolson. He got his clients to sing a song if they were in a difficult situation. Not only was Brendan singing but he ordered some snacks and a drink from the attendant. He was not fearful but enjoyed a few treats in the storm.

2 thoughts on “A Turbulent Flight Home

  1. Shalom dear Angela!!
    I am stunned that I just missed you, here in Jerusalem!! How I had wished to greet you and Brendon!! Already last year, I contacted Cathy to ask if you were coming knowing February/March is your time to come. She did not know so I searched if I could find anything online, that is how I subscribed to your newsletter!! I met you and Brendon couple of times at Cathy’s and Liezel’s house (once along with your Canadian friends). I am Czech, my husband South African, we have 7 children. I don’t expect you remember me but when we saw each other last time, in 2014, you prayed for my oldest son, who was in the Israeli army as a believer, to get married soon!!! I want to tell you that last Friday on the Women’s day, he proposed to his believing girlfriend of almost 3 years to be married in September!!! How I wish I could share in person, the testimonies of the Lord’s amazing works, what He has done, marking yours and Brendon’s sharing and ministry!!! I hope we can do that next time you come! I’d love for you to let me know if the HS reminds you!!:):):) Blessings, Franny Goodenough

    • Dear Franny,
      Thank you for your response to my blog.
      I’m so encouraged. This is breakthrough.
      We spent the first five days in Jerusalem walking and spending time in the Old City. Yes we do try to go to Jerusalem in February March.
      This year it was cold and raining but I believe it is the Spring Rain to refresh his people.
      We are also blessed after being in Jerusalem.
      Have you read my blogs about Jerusalem?
      We would definitely love to meet you next time.
      Or if you want to come another time we could arrange something.
      Much gratitude,

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