At LA airport I’m queued for three hours getting through customs and I miss my connection to New York.
Instead I have been transferred to the next flight to Chicago.
What an inopportune time to be grounded.
Don’t they know that, waiting for me at the end of this plane trip I was making from Melbourne across the Pacific, was a beautiful school teacher from New Jersey I’d never met.
We’d hardly left the ground when we were informed that a severe electrical storm had knocked out one of the two runways at Chicago Airport.
The plane dramatically changed course and began losing altitude as we entered a dark menacing cloud reaching high into the sky .
Day turned to night.
For an eternity the plane droned on and on, swaying and lurching in broad circles like a scary ride at a theme park.
The darkness outside lit up momentarily as a ball of light skidded across the wing outside my window.
A voice from the cockpit announced that we’d just been struck by lightning but there’s nothing to worry about.
My hands were sweating and my heart was pounding.
Surely by now we must be almost out of fuel.
There had been no announcement from the cockpit for a while.
Was anyone still flying this plane?
I was resentful that my daydreams had been disturbed.
My thoughts had been of the precious cargo I was carrying in my luggage, the files surrounding a real mystery which had fallen into my lap before leaving.
But right now my mind was focussed on rather more immediate concerns like, are we going to make it? when a voice inside my head replied:
“Yes, and won’t this make a great story for your book.”
So did I make it out alive?
Did we end up landing safely at Chicago with only one of the two runways open?
And was the woman I’d never met waiting for me in New York a day later than expected?
I invite you to read the book to find out … and learn if I ever got to solve the big controversial mystery.
Get the book ‘Back to the Wall: A Fun Spiritual Adventure’ HERE.