This is the (younger) Slavich family’s first family Christmas. Because we don’t have kids but do have generous and gracious families, we are coast-hopping over the holidays. We are leaving about a week before Christmas from Louisville and flying to Fort Lauderdale. After Christmas morning with the Worden (Laura’s) family, we had been planning to fly in the mid- to late-afternoon across the country to San Jose, intending to spend Christmas night with the Slavich (Danny’s) family.
Plans changed slightly, when Laura found out that she would not have to work New Year’s Eve day. We were then going to fly on the day after Christmas instead of Christmas day. But, unfortunately, flight prices for December 26 are ridiculous. We have been watching prices for almost a month and a half, against much counsel that prices will probably only rise higher.
However, we have been praying, consistently, that God would work as he can do — for the almost trite circumstances of flight prices for a holiday travel season. We have been praying that he would allow us to find the right flight, at the best price. Last night, we bought the “bookend” flights — from Louisville to Fort Lauderdale and from San Jose to Louisville.
But the middle flight — the important flight, with the most variables — was still way up in the air. Prices had been fluctuating — and skyrocketing — over the last few days for flights the day after Christmas. The flight we wanted, leaving Fort Lauderdale at 6:00 a.m., with a 53 minute layover in Atlanta and arriving in San Jose at 10:59 a.m. went from $270 last week to $330 a couple of days ago, to $525 today! We wanted to fly the day after Christmas, if we could, but it was not looking doable, so I looked back into flights Christmas night.
I found one, from Fort Lauderdale to Oakland, on JetBlue, non-stop (a major perk), departing at 6:45 p.m. Last night, it was looking like the best (if not ideal) option. It was $229, about $100-150 less than the cheapest flights for the next day.
Pause here for a moment.
Like I said, we had been praying, specifically, that God would move the prices down. However, in the midst of our praying, Laura pointed out something profound — God will provide for us. Even if not in the way we want, even if he doesn’t lower ticket prices, he will provide. We recognized this, acknowledging God’s fatherly care for us, and his freedom and sovereignty to work how he pleases in a way he deems best.
Still, though, we prayed that prices would go down.
Today, prices for December 26 were even higher than they were yesterday.
I checked Christmas day again, and clicked the button for the absolute lowest price on Kayak.com. It was the JetBlue flight. For $119 per person!
For $238 we were able to buy both tickets, at least a hundred dollars less than one ticket for any of the other flight options we had been considering.
Our God hears the prayers of his people. Even for something like plane tickets. It challenges me to pray for even bigger things, and it gives me confidence that God will answer.
I so often function as if God is described in the pages of Scripture, but not that he is alive and active now. Of course, we only know him through the Scriptures — because if we didn’t we would have no standard to understand him. However, the Scriptures describe a God who is alive — yes, a Christ who is risen! — a God who delights to answer the prayers of his people.
So, the point: Let us pray, and expect and believe that God will answer.