My wife and I worshiped in a denominational church from 2001 to 2007. We once planned a free-and-easy 4 day holiday in Ho Chi Minh City. When some members of this denominational church came to know of our travel plan, they wanted to join us as well. In the end, I had to book a land package tour for 22 persons. As the tour would start on a Sunday, the church lay leader was upset enough to curse us that God would judge us for skipping Sunday service. We did attend the Sunday morning worship service before going to the airport. I had booked a bus to ferry all of us from the church to the airport after the service. I cast all my anxieties to God that morning – the unease of bringing so many elderly folk and the unexpected curse – and also prayed for journey mercies.
On that very Sunday morning, an elderly lady joining us for the tour received news of her brother-n-law’s death and she decided not to fly with us. 2 days later, she had a heart attack. If she had joined us and had the heart attack in Ho Chi Minh City, it would prove the curse of the lay leader to be true and the entire blame would be upon me. Given the incredibly slim odds of this incident, I knew God had delivered me yet again.
When we reached the airport, my eldest son was denied travel as his passport had validity of less than 6 months. Again I prayed for God’s journey mercy. After much negotiation and promising the airline staff that if my son was to be denied entry into Ho Chi Minh City, I would return with him. The customs officer over at Ho Chi Minh City smiled at my young son and allowed us to clear and enter. Hallelujah !
All thanks and glory be to God our Father and Jesus our Lord for His journey mercy.