The Power of 1-800-Real Person, Please.

Jul 10, 2012 | Faith

In between calf shows at fair on Monday, 
I spent my day on the phone with Delta Airlines. 

At 11:00 pm Sunday night in Detroit,
Senorita Mtn. Dweller’s luggage 
did not arrive with her 
because she was supposed
 to arrive in South Bend.  

Sunday night, Detroit Delta said
 it would arrive 
Monday in South Bend.

Monday morning I called,
 1-800-Delta said 
it was shipped to Detroit, 
but they would send it
 on flight 007 
to South Bend
arriving at 3:00 pm

1-800-Delta said 
You can track it online.
So, I tracked it online. 
At 3:30, Online Delta reported
it was still in Detroit.
Ring, Ring, 1-880-Delta

3:45 1-800-Delta said
 they would “message” 
South Bend and Detroit to check on it 
and they would CALL me.

Tick, Tock.

By 4:00, I thought, 
I’m just gonna call 

So I did.

574-Local-Airport answered 
and transferred me to
a Real Person
 in baggage at Delta.
Real Person said,
 “I have Yoder’s luggage right here.”

Hot Dog! 
Real dog and I 
were on our way to pick up.

But wait, it gets better.

I walked into Local-Airport, 
walked towards the Delta Counter.

A Woman in Orange Vest approached me.

Can I help you? she said
Are you looking for baggage? she said.
Are you Yoder? she said.
I have your baggage right here.

She opened a store room and there it was.
In 5 minutes, 
I had Guatemala in a rolling suitcase 
and was walking out the door.

Thank you, thank you, 
I said to Tanya,
of whom was the Real Person 
who answered my call,
and detected me as the 

I teared up as I said thank you, 
Wanting to burst out in 
“Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow”
Right there in the airport.

But instead, 
I said, 
“Thank you, 
you were an answer to prayer.”

Everything in me wanted to shout from the rooftops

God is so good!
He is real!
I love Him!

So I’m doing that here.
Sometimes, His realness 
is most powerful
 in the smallest moments.

That was my small moment this week.

I’m challenged to overlook luck, 
and acknowledge His hand 
where it deserves to be acknowledged!

Where have you seen God’s hand 
in the small moments in your life lately?

Shout it hear, so we can celebrate with you!


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  1. Brenda Lazzaro Yoder,

    Janette,what a blessing it is to see the Lord use our children in these situations! I can only imagine what a great, godly man the Lord is forming your son into! Praise God

  2. Janette@Janette's Sage

    Oh I celebrate with you also…when our son, at age 17, went to Africa he came home with damaged luggage…yes the things he had bought were broken, the time difference made it even more difficult and of course a month away from home. So I totally understand and yes, God is in all those details….He knows! Glad she is home and safe and with her luggage….now you get to enjoy what the Lord did in and through her!

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