Friday, March 15, 2013
I'm in Shenzhen, China as I write, about to walk over to the border crossing where we will go to the Hong Kong Temple this morning and then visit some great friends. We got here on a wing and prayer, literally. Here's the story.
My wife and I had flights last night to Shenzhen. The airport (one of two in Shanghai) was close to the school where she teaches math, so she would go there directly after work and so would I for our evening flight. I normally bring my bag to work and go from work directly to the airport, but this time decided to leave my packed bag home and pick it up on the way to the airport since it was just a brief detour to the apartment. When I went home, grabbed my bag and a bite of food or two, I was about to leave when I remembered that I hadn't really taken time for meaningful prayer that day. I'd left in a rush and now felt like I should take a moment for real prayer. I knelt, and among other things, expressed gratitude for this opportunity to travel and asked if there was anything else I needed to do in preparing for the trip. As I did that, I had the unusual impression to go check the place where my wife keeps her passport when she doesn't need it. I got up and opened a drawer, discovering the passport that she had inadvertently left in her own rush that morning. Without the passport, she would not have boarded the plane and we would not have had time to go home and come back in time for the flight. What an amazing gift.
We've had all sorts of little disasters in travel over the years, but are so grateful that this big disaster was averted. A relevant LDS hymn really is worth mentioning here, "Did You Think To Pray?" 'Ere you left your room this morning, did you think to pray? It really can make a difference in helping us to face the day better, to do more good, and to avoid not only temptation, but also occasional disaster. So grateful.
After I put the passport in my pocket, I got on my knees again and expressed gratitude. I also asked, in my ongoing curiosity about the things of God, just how these kind of things are done. The geek in me is also deeply curious about how the physics and mechanics of "promptings" in which God somehow can help us think of something or remember something or feel we need to do something. I'm so curious to understand how communication to our minds or spirits works, what our spirits are, and so forth. There's a world of detail about who we are and how the universe works that we haven't even began to explore.
Posted by Jeff Lindsay at 5:33 PM